Woman allegedly hides drugs in kid's food

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SALYERSVILLE – A Paintsville woman was arrested last Thursday for allegedly hiding drugs and drug paraphernalia in bags with a child’s food.

On November 2, Salyersville Police Department’s Officer Mike Nickels noted in the arrest citation that he got behind a vehicle that was weaving across the lines on her side of the road.

When he pulled the vehicle over, the driver, Sandra Dee Baldwin, 47, of Paintsville, was acting very nervously and appeared to be under the influence, according to the arrest citation.

Baldwin gave law enforcement consent to search the vehicle and told him that she had smoked methamphetamine a couple hours earlier. She failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood test. 

There was a child in the back seat, where there was also a meth pipe, according to police report. Law enforcement found methamphetamine in a bag of snacks, and two meth pipes in a fast food bag where they had food. There was a yellow unknown substance in a small container, many baggies and a total of five meth pipes throughout the truck. 

She admitted to police to buying methamphetamine in Johnson County.

Baldwin is charged with careless driving (a violation), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense (a Class B misdemeanor); possession of a controlled substance (a Class A misdemeanor); controlled substance prescription not in original container (a Class B misdemeanor); endangering the welfare of a minor (a Class A misdemeanor); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine (a Class D felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, drug unspecified (a Class D felony); third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified (a Class A misdemeanor); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine, less than two grams) (a Class D felony); and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia (a Class A misdemeanor).

She was arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where at press time she is currently being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in the felony case for November 13 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

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