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PRESTONSBURG — Three men in a state Division of Forestry van were arrested Monday evening, after reports they were smoking marijuana in a shopping center parking lot.

Prestonsburg Police received a report of a group of men smoking marijuana near a white state van in the Prestonsburg Village parking lot. When police arrived on the scene, Officer A. Blevins found the men sitting in a state Division of Forestry van and asked them to step out. A drug dog inspected the van and alerted officers to the presence of drugs outside the van, after which Blevins found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.

Police have not released the names of the suspects, but court records filed this week revealed the names of two of them.

Noel Blankenship, 44, of McDowell, was one of the men arrested and, while being searched, officers found rolling papers and 13 orange pills believed to be morphine in his left front pocket.

Blankenship was arrested and taken to the Floyd County Detention Center. He was later released on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

The dog also alerted police to where Justin R. Taylor, 24, of Harold, was sitting. After a search, police discovered 10 wrapped plastic bags of marijuana and a marijuana grinder in a black bag. Taylor was charged with possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blankenship is next scheduled to appear in court Nov. 20 for arraignment. Taylor will go to trial on his charges Dec. 17.

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