A man and woman are facing multiple charges including possession of methamphetamine after police responded to a complaint of a man allegedly stealing food from a Hotel breakfast area.
Joshua Starrett, 27, and Melinda Starrett, 26, both of Lejunior, were arrested by Harlan City Police Officers Justin Luttrell and Tyler Hensley on Wednesday.
According to the citations, police responded to a complaint stating a man was in the breakfast area of the Comfort Inn stealing food. Upon arrival, the clerk on duty directed police to the room the Joshua Starrett was staying in. Police made contact with Joshua and Melinda Starrett, who consented to a search of the room. Police located a plastic bag containing pills, plastic bags containing a white crystal substance and multiple syringes. Police also located a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun. A two-year-old child was also in the room.
Joshua Starrett was charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Melinda Starrett was charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor and tampering with physical evidence.
Both were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Yolanda Smith, 40, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Monday. She was indicted for flagrant non-support and persistent felony offender and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full cash bonds totaling $5,000;
• Tamiko D. Walker, 41, of Detroit, Michigan, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Winston Yeary on Tuesday. He was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, improper passing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating on a suspended or revoked license, persistent felony offender and engaging in organized crime. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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