A man and woman are facing drug charges after being pulled over by Kentucky State Police for allegedly speeding and crossing the center line on U.S. 421.
Michael W. Curtis, 26, and Kayla D. Curtis, 30, both of Cawood, were arrested on Tuesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton.
According to the citations, Michael Curtis was driving a black 2002 Toyota 4Runner when police stopped the vehicle for speeding. When Burton initiated the traffic stop, he observed the passenger bend over and appear to be reaching for something in the passenger front floorboard. KSP Trooper Joey Brigmon soon arrived at the scene. The passenger, Kayla Curtis, exited the vehicle, at which time Burton observed a handgun laying in the floor where her purse had been. Michael Curtis was then checked for weapons. Police located a clear plastic bag containing a large amount of white rectangular pills and several round white pills. Some of the pills had been quartered. A search of the vehicle produced a magazine for the handgun along with several boxes of ammunition.
Michael Curtis was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, careless driving, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
Kayla Curtis was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, public intoxication by controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Charles J. Gilbert, 62, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Burton on Tuesday. Gilbert was charged with improper parking, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,000 full cash bond;
• Dewayne Edward Harris, 30, of Harlan, was served an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Pope. Harris was indicted for first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree persistent felony offender. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,000 full cash bond.
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