A Middlesboro man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop on Monday.
Charles J. Gilbert, 62, was arrested by Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford.
According to the citation, Alford clocked Gilbert doing 36 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. Gilbert crossed the middle line when Alford turned and got behind him, almost striking another vehicle. Alford then performed a traffic stop. Gilbert appeared to be confused when asked to step out of the vehicle. When he stepped out, Alford observed multiple pills in the seat. Gilbert failed multiple sobriety tests, including an eye convergence test and a one leg stand, dropping his foot and almost falling after five seconds. Gilbert also did not satisfactorily complete a walk and turn test. Police located approximately $582 in cash in Gilbert’s pocket. Approximately $720 was found in his wallet and approximately $42 was found in the center console of the vehicle. Multiple pills were found in the vehicle, as well as a metal box containing white residue. Approximately $7,584 was found in the spare tire area of the vehicle. Gilbert was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital and read implied consent. He consented to a blood test and advised he did not need to speak with an attorney at this time.
Gilbert was charged with speeding, reckless driving, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Brittany Boggs, 25, was arrested by Evarts Assistant Police Chief Owen Noe on Thursday on an indictment warrant. She was indicted for receiving stolen property under $10,000 and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;
• Heather Lynn Branim, 29, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Thursday by Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Michael Cornett. Branim was indicted for third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, theft of identity of another, theft of a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000 and theft by failure to make required disposition of property. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full cash bonds totaling $6,000.
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