Man accused of hiding meth on minor

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ROYALTON – A Magoffin County man is accused of trying to hide drugs on a juvenile during a traffic stop over the weekend.

According to the arrest citation, on September 2 Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputies Jonathan Holbrook and Reggie Gosser stopped a vehicle near the Royalton Dollar General for having no tail lights. After talking to the driver, Jason Robie Nickels, 40, of Long Creek Road, Salyersville, the officers noticed he appeared to be under the influence.

After failing a field sobriety test, Nickels told police he had shot up suboxone and methamphetamine and would not be able to pass a drug test, according to law enforcement’s records.

Reportedly, a juvenile passenger was found with a small blue bag that appeared to contain meth, as well, and the minor stated that Nickels gave him the bag of meth to hold before law enforcement stopped them.

Nickels was taken into custody and transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where implied consent was read and he submitted to a blood test. He was medically cleared and taken to Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time.

Nickels is currently facing the following charges: no tail lamps; failure to wear seatbelts; operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense); first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (first offense, less than two grams methamphetamine); unlawful transaction with a minor (first offense, illegal controlled substance, under 18 years old); and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

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