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Heroin-related arrest made

A Floyd County man was arrested in Salyersville over the weekend on drug-related charges, including for allegedly importing heroin.

SALYERSVILLE – A Floyd County man was arrested in Salyersville over the weekend on drug-related charges, including for allegedly importing heroin.

According to the arrest citation, Salyersville Police Department Office D. Hall was on the Parkway early Saturday morning when he noticed a vehicle passing without an illuminated rear license plate, so he initiated a traffic stop.

The driver reportedly didn’t have his driver’s license with him and, while Officer Hall talked with him, he noticed there were needle caps in the back floor. SPD Officer Mike Nickels then noticed a loaded needle, and the driver, identified as Jason L. Hamilton, 44 years old, of Teaberry, Kentucky, was taken out of the vehicle, and police found three more loaded needles and a supply of heroin beside the needles.

Hamilton gave consent to the police officers to search the vehicle, at which time they found methamphetamine, scales and baggies in the car, as well as more meth in Hamilton’s pocket.

Hamilton was given a field sobriety test, in which he showed signs of being under the influence, and he refused a blood test.

Stephanie Hamilton, 42, of Hi Hat, Kentucky, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Officer Hall reported in the arrest citation that she exhibited slurred speech at the time of the stop and she had meth in her right coat pocket. A needle was also found in the passenger side door where she had been sitting.

Jason Hamilton was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, charged with the following: operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense; rear license not illuminated; possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); importing heroin; and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Stephanie Hamilton was also taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she has since been released, pending future court dates on the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; and public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol).

The two have court hearings in Magoffin County on Monday, March 1 at 11 a.m.

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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