LARGE METH BUST ON US 460

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SALYERSVILLE – Two were arrested early Wednesday morning for reportedly having 119 grams of methamphetamine, along with other pills and drug paraphernalia, found during a traffic stop.

Early August 23, local law enforcement pulled over the vehicle for a broken windshield, stopping the vehicle at the mouth of Old Burning Fork Road, according to police records. 

William M. Webb, 48, of Paintsville, was traveling east on US 460. He was asked several times for his driver’s license, but was unable to provide it. 

His passenger, Lillie Ann Webb, 38, also of Paintsville, was able to provide her license, but she reported kept digging around in bags in the floorboard of the vehicle, when William stated that there was a gun in the passenger’s side floorboard.

Both were asked to exit the vehicle, at which time they found a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol under the bags. 

Lillie Webb gave law enforcement permission to search her purse, where they found a black leather drawstring bag that contained two plastic baggies containing a clear, rock, crystal substance, suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, according to the arrest citations.

Police also found a white cloth bag in her purse containing a set of scales with a residue on top of it, two and a half orange pills (identified as Xanax) in a clear bag and another small bag that had Avon wrote on the side of it, but contained two Neurontin pills in it, according to police records.

The arresting officer, Kentucky State Police Trooper Haney, noted there were also several small baggies used to package drugs in the purse, as well as in the vehicle. 

When law enforcement ran Lillie’s driver’s license, it came back that she had a pending warrant out of Pike County, according to the citation.

William Webb told law enforcement his name was Reece Webb, which is his brother, but told them his real name after he knew he was going to jail, and stated the gun was his. 

Police found several cut straws reportedly used to snort controlled substances, a small spoon, $680 (all in 20-dollar bills on William. 

The two told law enforcement they were on their way home from Louisville.

Trooper Haney noted that, according to the scales from Lillie’s purse, the total weight of the crystal methamphetamine was 119 grams, or 4.25 ounces. It is being sent to the lab for identification and official weight. 

Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels, who also worked the traffic stop, noted that the street value of that much methamphetamine is approximately $12,000.

Magoffin County Sheriff Department Officer Brian Tipton also worked the stop.

The two were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time.

William Webb is facing the following charges: operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense); first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (first offense, greater than 2 grams methamphetamine); possession of handgun by convicted felon; drug paraphernalia (buy/possess); obstructed vision and/or windshield; failure to wear seatbelts; failure of owner to maintain required insurance (second offense); failure to produce insurance card; no registration receipt; giving officer false identifying information; third-degree possession controlled substance; and prescription of controlled substance not in proper container (first offense). 

He is being held on a $2,500 cash bond for both the drug-related case and the parole violation.

Lillie Ann Webb is facing the following charges: first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (first offense, greater than 2 grams methamphetamine); drug paraphernalia (buy/possess); third-degree possession controlled substance; and prescription of controlled substance not in proper container (first offense). 

She is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

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.