Road check results in meth bust
by Jack Latta
PAINTSVILLE — A Johnson county man was arrested last Friday at a traffic safety checkpoint, after sheriff’s deputies reportedly discovered methamphetamine in his vehicle.
According to officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Jerry L. Morman, 45, of Thealka, was stopped at a road check established by the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Paintsville City Police, and Kentucky state police last Friday evening when it was discovered that his vehicle was not properly insured.
Further investigation lead officers to believe that Morman was under the influence of intoxicants and a standardized field sobriety test was conducted. Morman admitted to using methamphetamine and oxycodone, and consented to a search of the vehicle.
Methamphetamine was allegedly discovered by police officials in a coffee filter along with several sets of scales, plastic bags, snorting straws with white residue, numerous needles, a spoon with a “white, rock like substance” inside, a bag of sinus pills and numerous other items of paraphernalia.
Morman was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, failure to maintain required motor vehicle insurance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Morman was taken into custody by Deputy Byron Fairchild, and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The incident is still under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
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