Teen arrested on meth-related charges

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County teenager was arrested last week for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine.

On Thursday, March 8 Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Cook received a call alleging that the teen, Russell Blaine Craft, 18, of Salyersville, was walking with a flashlight at 3 a.m. 

When Cook arrived Craft was reportedly standing on Burning Fork beside the road and stated he was waiting on a ride, according to the police report. Craft gave Cook two false names before finally telling the right name. 

According to the arrest citation, Craft had a drug kit, which included methamphetamine and baggies, that he attempted to toss under the police car as Cook stepped out of his vehicle. 

The drug kit contained rolling papers, a needle, small baggies, and a few baggies with meth.

Craft reportedly told police he found the bag beside the road, but then stated he stole it from a known drug dealer. He admitted to Cook that he knew there was meth in the bag and that he has a meth habit.

Craft was arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time on a $10,000 cash bond. He is currently facing the following charges: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine (Class C felony); public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol) (Class B misdemeanor); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); tampering with physical evidence (Class D felony); and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). 

A preliminary hearing in the felony case is scheduled for March 19 at 9:15 a.m.


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