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DRUG ARRESTS MADE

SALYERSVILLE – Five people were arrested on drug-related charges at the same location last week over a span of three days.

On the first night, Wednesday, August 9, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels searched a vehicle where the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. When he performed a search of the vehicle, pulled over at VIP Fuels on Restaurant Row, in the front passenger seat, in the purse of Candie Jo Johnson, 24, of Elkhorn City, law enforcement found two packs of cocaine, according to the arrest records.

Johnson was arrested and charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, cocaine), a Class D felony. 

Another passenger in the vehicle, Michael J. Potter, 36, also of Elkhorn City, reportedly had a pipe between his legs and cocaine in his pocket. 

Potter is facing charges for public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, cocaine), a Class D felony; and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Both Johnson and Potter are being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, each with a bond set at $2,500 cash. 

A few hours later, early August 10, Officer Nickels stopped another vehicle at VIP for a DUI, this time arresting two more on meth-related charges.

Charles E. Robinson, 53, of Langley, the driver of the vehicle, reportedly pulled into the parking lot of VIP where Nickels was sitting. Since he was driving a little fast, Nickels talked to him, when he noticed Robinson appeared to be under the influence. During their conversation, Robinson reportedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine and taking other pills. He was unable to do a field sobriety test and was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center, but he refused bloodwork. 

Law enforcement found crystal meth in the truck seat and he admitted to having meth. There was also a loaded gun in the vehicle.

Robinson is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $2,500 cash bond, facing the following charges: operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (first offense), a Class B misdemeanor; carrying a concealed deadly weapon Class A misdemeanor; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), a Class D felony; and reckless driving, a violation.

Glema Jean Chandler, 42, of Prestonsburg, was in the vehicle with Robinson when he was arrested and was acting nervous. Nickels found crystal meth, pills and a pipe in her purse, according to police records.

Chandler is also currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond, and charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), a Class D felony; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, opiates), a Class D felony; and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Early August 11, Nickels pulled over another vehicle at VIP Fuels for DUI, which led to another methamphetamine-related arrest.

According to the arrest citation, Teresa Kay Salyer, 41, of Salyersville, was reportedly a passenger in the vehicle where the driver was arrested for a DUI. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, Nickels found a small baggie and needles, scales and a straw. The baggie had a residue that Nickels sent off to the lab to be tested. 

Salyer is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $2,500 cash bond, and charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), a Class D felony. 

All five defendants are scheduled for their next court hearings on August 21 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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