Drug-related arrests made

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FAR MIDDLE FORK – Two were arrested last week on drug-related charges after law enforcement found them sitting in a stopped vehicle in the weeds beside the road.

On Wednesday, June 7 around 4 p.m. on Kentucky Route 378 Kentucky State Police Trooper Thompson observed a vehicle sitting along the roadway in the weeds with the brake lights on. The officer stopped to allow the vehicle to back up onto the road, and it when it did not move, he exited his vehicle and approached the car to offer assistance, according to the arrest citation.

As Trooper Thompson approached the car, he noticed the female passenger raise up from a leaning over position and reportedly attempted to conceal something near her seat. 
Law enforcement first made contact with the driver, Forrest Douglas Corneil, 52, of Jackson, and, after smelling marijuana, asked Corneil to exit the vehicle. Upon questioning, Corneil stated he had some marijuana in his pocket and turned over a clear sandwich bag with a partial marijuana join and green plant material to Trooper Thompson.

Corneil told police he had been smoking marijuana and that he and the female had pulled next to the road. He reportedly told Trooper Thompson that he was attempting to get the female to perform a sex act, according to the arrest citation.

The female passenger, Rhonda Renea Bays, 35, of Salyersville, allegedly was constantly and erratically moving, stating she was looking for her phone charger, while law enforcement talked to the driver. When asked if there were anything illegal in the vehicle, she told Trooper Thompson that she was an elementary school teacher at North Magoffin Elementary and that she doesn’t do any illegal substances. 

Upon searching the vehicle, law enforcement found a cloth bag under the front passenger seat, containing a small, clear plastic bag with a clear glass substance suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, and two suspected glass meth pipes, as well as an iPhone charger. 

Once Bays exited the vehicle, Trooper Thompson noted in his police report that she was very hyper and kept talking about random things. She told police she had not used any illegal substances, however, when he attempted to administer a field sobriety test, she would not stand still and follow a stimulus, nor could she follow simple instructions. He had to tell her three times she was under arrest and to give him her hands, and then three more times to get in the police car. 

Corneil was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center, however, he refused a blood test and declined an attorney. He was released on his own recognizance, with a court date scheduled for June 26 at 9 a.m. in Magoffin County District Court. He is currently facing the following charges: operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravated circumstance and first offense), a Class B misdemeanor; failure to wear seat belts, a violation; drug paraphernalia buy/possess, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Bays was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remains at press time, with a bond set at $2,500 cash. She is facing the following charges: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine), a Class D felony; drug paraphernalia buy/possess, a Class A misdemeanor; and public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor. 

The Independent confirmed that Bays is not an employee of the Magoffin County Schools district.

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.