A Middlesboro man was recently arrested for the second time in a week by an officer with the Tazewell Police Department and charged in connection with several drug offenses.
According to the affidavit of complaint, Det. Cpl. Jeremy Myers received a tip on Feb. 13 “in reference to a large amount of methamphetamine.”
Myers was working on a previous investigation involving Michael Alan King, 39, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and states that he had arrested King on Feb. 9 at the Imperial Motel. He was charged with possession of schedule II for resale at that time, according to the complaint.
“I instructed Det. Gary Ruzskowski and other officers to go to room 3 at the Dixie Plaza Motel and secure the room and occupants until I could retrieve a search warrant,” Myers states in the complaint.
Ruzskowski made contact with the occupants, King and Angela Rose, 25, also of Middlesboro. They gave consent to search their room and vehicles.
Once inside the room, a speaker system and a “large amount of crystal-like substance was found,” states the complaint. “I also recovered plastic bags used for dividing drugs up,” Myers goes on. “I located 2 sets of weighing scales and multiple cell phones.”
Large amounts of hypodermic needles, lighters and spoons with residue were found as well, he states.
After weighing the crystal-like substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine, it came in at 164.4 grams, said Myers. There were also different scheduled pills and marijuana, he added in an interview. There was also approximately $1,155 at the scene as well.
“That’s the most meth I’ve seized in one case in my career,” Myers said.
King was charged Feb. 13 with possession of schedule II for resale, possession of schedule III for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rose was charged with possession of schedule VI for resale.
They were both lodged in the Claiborne County Jail but are now out on bond. King’s next appearance in court is scheduled for March 23 in Claiborne County Sessions Court.
“We’re trying to combat the drug problem head on in Tazewell,” Myers said.
Myers was promoted in November 2016 to detective, the first the city has ever had.
“We’re finally getting to where we can say, ‘Hey, we’re diligently working your cases and we’re making progress and putting people in jail’,” he said. “In my opinion 95 percent of our crimes are related to our drug problem.”
Myers added that all tips received will remain confidential. If you would like to report suspected drug or any illegal activity in the City of Tazewell, you may call 423-626-5104.
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