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Drug Arrest in Harlan County

Date of News Release: 01/05/2015

(Harlan, Ky.) – On January 2, 2015 Troopers from Post 10 Harlan received information that several individuals were making methamphetamine at the Comfort Inn in Harlan. Troopers responded to the hotel and made contact with six individuals inside of the room. Once inside of the room troopers located Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, syringes, liquid fire, and other items to manufacture meth with. All six were arrested and charged with the following:

  1. Samantha Smith, 27, of Gulston charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  2. Marlin Fields, 23, of Gulston charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  3. B.J. Hickson, 28, of Cawood charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  4. Kristie Jones, 28, of Evarts charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  5. Christopher Gilbert, 26, of Baxter charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
  6. Rebecca Combs, 27, of Evarts charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (Meth), manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree, prescription not in proper container, and promoting contraband 1st degree.

All six subjects were arrested and lodged in the Harlan County Detention center. Case is still under investigation by Tpr. Rodney Sturgill. Also assisted at the scene were Sgt. Jason Joseph, Tpr. Kenny Sergent, Tpr. Brandon Burton, and Tpr. Andy Soltess.