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Drug trafficking arrest made

FAR MIDDLE FORK – A Magoffin County man is behind bars after police found a vehicle stopped partially out of the road.

According to the arrest citation, Kentucky State Police Trooper Tracy Salyer was patrolling KY 378 on Monday, March 9, when he observed a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee sitting partially in the roadway.

Trooper Salyer made contact with the driver, identified as Billy Shepherd, 47, of Far Middle Fork, Salyersville, who advised he had run out of fuel trying to get back home, stating he was coming from the top of the hill at the county line.

While talking to Shepherd, Salyer observed digital scales leaning against the driver side window and a syringe lying in the floorboard of the vehicle.

Shepherd told law enforcement he did not have a license, registration or insurance when asked for them, and Salyer ran Shepherd’s ID and the registration plate on the vehicle, discovering that his license had been suspended and the registration plate was the wrong one for the vehicle.

Salyer asked Shepherd to step out of the vehicle and asked if he had anything illegal on him. Shepherd advised law enforcement that he had some pain pills.

Police found a silver tin in Shepherd’s front pocket of his bibs, with five white oval pills inside, believed to be gabapentin, six white capsule-shaped pills, marked as acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, and one-fourth of a suboxone pill.

Shepherd gave Trooper Salyer consent to search the vehicle, at which time he found a set of black digital scales lying on the door panel and leaning against the driver window. Salyer found a black Harley Davidson tin lying on the dash, containing five baggies with a clear crystal rock-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine. There was an unlocked gray safe in the backseat of the vehicle, with a drawstring bag with multiple empty clear baggies inside of it.

Shepherd was placed under arrest, at which time Salyer found $229 in cash on Shepherd, with a $100 bill, five $20 bills, and 2 $10 bills in his wallet and a $5 bill and four $1 bills in his front bib pocket.

Shepherd was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, facing the following charges: improper parking firelane/block traveled portion of highway; no registration plates; no registration receipt; improper display of registration plates; failure to produce insurance card; failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first offense; operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license; license to be in possession; improper equipment; drug paraphernalia – buy/possess; possession of a controlled substance, second degree, drug unspecified; possession of a controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified; and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, greater than or equal to 2 grams methamphetamine.

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.

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