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Minor shoplifting charge upped to felony drug trafficking

SALYERSVILLE – A woman arrested for shoplifting over the weekend is also facing drug trafficking charges.

According to the arrest citation, Salyersville Police Department Officer Jeremiah Watson responded to a shoplifting complaint at Speedy’s gas station, on Restaurant Row, early Saturday morning.

Debra Risner, 43, of Salyersville, walked out of the store after police arrived just before 1 a.m. April 10. According to the citation, allegedly there was something noticeably hidden in her bra, which turned out to be a pill bottle with two suboxone pills inside. According to the bottle, the prescription had been filled the day before and should have had 28 pills in it.

Also inside the bottle was a baggie with a white powdery substance, believed to be methamphetamine, according to the police report.

Watson reported there was a key chain with a blue pill holder inside of it with a clear baggie containing four Xanax (2 mg). Her bag in a vehicle contained four loaded needles that reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine, two empty needles, six spoons, three straws and two rubber tourniquets. There were three pill bottles belonging to someone else, as well.

According to the citation, Risner allegedly shoplifted $3.58 worth of items from the store, though she had $156 in cash on her person.

Risner was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remains at press time, facing the following charges: public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense (greater or equal to 20 dosage units, but less than 120, drug unspecified); possession of controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified; three counts of illegal possession of legend drug; possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; theft by unlawful taking or disposition shoplifting under $500; and prescription controlled substance not in proper container, first offense.

A preliminary hearing in her felony case is slated for April 19 at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

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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