Three arrested in meth case

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SALYERSVILLE – Three people from Jackson were arrested on Thursday, November 30, after law enforcement found methamphetamine in their car during a traffic stop on Auxier Branch.

Thursday night, Salyersville Police Department’s Mike Nickels pulled over a vehicle on Auxier Branch. The driver of the vehicle was Donavan Jacobs, 36, of Jackson, and he admitted to police that he had taken some Oxy 30. He failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Salyersville After Hours, where he refused a blood test. 

Brian K. Back, 40, of Jackson, was a passenger in the vehicle Jacobs was driving. He refused to show Nickels his hands, and upon further investigation, law enforcement found methamphetamine beside Back’s leg and seat and a bag (containing meth) with Back’s name on it. Back was also in possession of a bottle of bills with four different kinds of pills, two Schedule 2s and two Schedule 5s.

Another passenger, Tonia Jacobs, 43, also of Jackson, admitted to taking Oxy 30 that she was not prescribed.

All three were arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. 

Donavan Jacobs is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (excluding alcohol and first offense), a Class B misdemeanor; failure to produce insurance card, a violation; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and first offense), a Class D felony. 

Tonia Jacobs is charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and first offense), a Class D felony. 

Both Donavan and Tonia Jacobs are still being held at BSRDC on a $2,500 cash bond, with the next preliminary hearing set for December 11 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Brian Back is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and first offense), a Class D felony; first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates and first offense), a Class D felony; controlled substance prescription not in original container, a Class A misdemeanor, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Back’s bond was also set at $2,500 cash, and he has been released, pending future court dates. 

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.