Traffic stop lands 2 in jail


By Debbie Caldwell - [email protected]



Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday by the Harlan City Police Department following a traffic stop around 2 a.m.

Abragail Kirby, 19, of Evarts, and Nathan Young, 20, of Harlan, were jailed on multiple charges.

According to the arrest citation, Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell received a complaint that a dark colored vehicle was parked in front of a residence located on Wallins Street in Harlan.

“Upon arrival, I observed the subject coming off Wallins Street and what appeared to be a high rate of speed,” Luttrell said. “I caught up to the vehicle and I clocked the subject (Kirby) traveling 28 mph in a 15 mph zone.”

Luttrell said upon approaching the vehicle, he smelled what he believed to be a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

“I asked the subject (Kirby) why she was driving so fast – the passenger (Young) advised that a female wanted him to buy drugs,” Luttrell said. “I then had all subjects to exit the vehicle. (Kirby) stated that all subjects in the vehicle had smoked marijuana.”

Luttrell said Kirby gave consent to search the vehicle.

“Upon search, a green leafy substance was located along with numerous pills and cash money in different denominations,” Luttrell said.

The citation states that Kirby failed a field sobriety test.

Luttrell said after he arrested Kirby three bottles of various pills were located on her body.

Kirby was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, illegal possession of a legend drug, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, reckless driving and speeding 13 mph over the limit.

Kirby was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $15,000 full cash.

Luttrell said Young told him he had smoked marijuana and purchased a pill from a woman just prior to the traffic stop. He was placed under arrest.

“Upon searching the subject (Young), he had in his possession a small baggie containing a white powdery substance that is believed to be cocaine,” Luttrell said. “Also located on the subject was a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The subject had in his possession a green pill that is believed to be OxyContin, other pills and cash.”

Young was charged with public intoxication, possession of marijuana, first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug and first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Young was lodged in Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $15,000 full cash.

In other police news:

• Charles Gilbert, 62, of Middlesboro, was arrested on a charge of tampering with physical evidence. According to the warrant, Kentucky State Police Trooper Kevin Miller states that Gilbert unlawfully concealed 132 oxycodone pills under the dash of his 2000 Ford pickup truck. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at 10 percent of $2,000.

• Christopher Maiden, 32, of Dayhoit, was arrested by KSP Trooper Andy Soltess on a warrant obtained by KSP Trooper Kenny Abner on charges of theft by unlawful taking of property valued at over $500 and criminal trespassing. According to the warrant, Maiden took a flat trailer from Intermont Apartments valued at $3,000. Maiden was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000 full cash.

• Larry Stamper, 40, of Totz, was arrested by Abner on a charge of theft by unlawful taking of property valued at over $500. According to the warrant, Stamper took a flat trailer from Intermont Apartments valued at $3,000. Stamper was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000 full cash.

Reach Debbie Caldwell at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @raiders42

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By Debbie Caldwell

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