Police simultaneously executed search warrants in Harlan and Bell counties on Thursday as a result of an extensive investigation spanning several months and involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
According to a press release, members of the Appalachia Narcotics Investigation Unit along with troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 10 and deputies from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Thursday at K&J Grab and Bag in the Tacky Town area of Harlan County. Simultaneously, another search warrant was executed at a residence in the Walls End area of Pineville by members of Appalachia Narcotics Investigations Unit along with Pineville City Police Department, the Bell County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit and Kentucky State Police Post 10. The search warrants result from extensive investigations into marijuana trafficking. Money, guns, property and drugs were seized from both locations.
The investigation is ongoing, and arrests are pending.
Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency unit consisting of narcotics detectives from the Kentucky State Police, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Office and Pineville City Police Department.
In other police activity, Justin Hoskins, 30, of Bean Station, Tennessee, was arrested by KSP Trooper Jimmy Halcomb on Thursday.
According to the citation, Hoskins stopped at a location where police were executing a search warrant. He exhibited sluggish speech, and Halcomb asked him to switch off the motorcycle he was riding. When Halcomb ran a check on the motorcycle’s license plate, the bike came back as reported stolen in Tennessee. Halcomb spoke with Sgt. Paul Lowe of the White Pine Police Department in Tennessee. Lowe advised Hoskins did not have permission to take the motorcycle.
Hoskins was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, no operators-moped license, no motorcycle operators’ license, no other state registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, operating on a suspended license, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription controlled substance not in original container. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $30,000 full cash bond.
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