Two Louisville men are facing drug charges after police allegedly found crystal methamphetamine in their possession.
Jesse Wimsatt, 31, and Brian Johnston, 34, were arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputies Will Pope and Denny Jones on Monday.
According to a press release from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, a complaint was received stating two men were impaired and could possibly have drugs in their possession. The pair was located in a vehicle with Indiana license plates. Deputies made contact with Wimsatt and Johnstone, and through investigation determined both men were in possession of crystal methamphetamine. The two men also had other prescription medications, including Xanax and Neurontin, in their possession. Police also seized multiple drug paraphernalia items as well as $297 cash.
The release additionally states information was obtained that the pair are responsible for transporting a significant amount of methamphetamine into the region, distributing it in Harlan County and the surrounding areas.
Wimsatt was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wimsatt was also served with an active Jefferson County warrant for failure to appear on a heroin possession charge. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $15,000 full cash bond.
Johnston was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $9,000 full cash bond.
The case remains under investigation by Pope and Jones.
Harlan County Sheriff Leslie “Smitty” Smith, Chief Deputy Matt Cope, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives, Harlan City Police Sgt. Jeff Owens and Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford assisted.
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