A Warfield man and Prestonsburg woman were arrested Saturday after Paintsville Police officers allegedly found them in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia indicative of trafficking.

Paintsville Police Department Officer Zac Stapleton performed a traffic stop and discovered paraphernalia, scales and what appeared to be methamphetamine in the vehicle the man was driving, according to court documents.

Stapleton said in the citation he observed the vehicle, operated by Fred T. Daniels, 26, of Warfield, cross the fog line and then across the double yellow line on Ky. 321 multiple times and that, when he turned on his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop, Daniels turned into the Mayo Plaza near Burger King without using his signal. Stapleton said he approached the passenger in the vehicle, Melessa Robinson, 32, of Prestonsburg, and advised why he had stopped the vehicle and obtained Daniels’ driver’s license and Robinson’s social security number.

While Stapleton was verifying their identification, PPD Officer Zach Mitchell arrived on the scene, spoke with Daniels and asked him to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, the citation said. Mitchell asked Daniels if he had any weapons on his person, and Daniels responded by saying he had a knife in his right pocket, according to the citation. 

While retrieving the knife, the citation said, Daniels pulled out a “baggie” with a “large crystal-like rock” in it and Mitchell placed Daniels in handcuffs.

According to the citation, Stapleton then placed Robinson in handcuffs as well, and she, too, was administered a sobriety test, which the citation said she failed. Daniels admitted to taking methamphetamine, according to the citation, and then to “smoking marijuana to help come off the meth.” Daniels reportedly told officers there was a firearm in the vehicle, and when Stapleton checked the vehicle, he found a loaded Hi-Point 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat alongside a clear container which held several more “baggies,” four of which contained more of the crystal-like substance.

Stapleton wrote in the citation that the smaller baggies appeared to be “appeared to be meth for individual sale.” The citation said officers also recovered a set of scales from beside the container. Also discovered in the vehicle were syringes and a straw in a glass case, the citation said.

According to the citation, both were arrested and taken to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where they were read implied consent. Daniels refused to speak or to contact an attorney, but did submit to a blood test. According to the citation, Robinson said the suspected methamphetamine did not belong to her.

Both Robinson and Daniels were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Daniels was charged with first-offense DUI, first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic charges, while Robinson was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine). 

Both were released from BSRDC custody the next day.  

No court dates had been set in either case as of presstime Tuesday.

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