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Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies netted a 31-gram meth bust Monday while patrolling the Stave Branch area of Staffordsville, according to a statement released by the JCSO.

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According to the statement, JCSO deputies Lauren O’Bryan and Jerry Wiley were patrolling in the area around 1 a.m. when they noticed a Jeep parked in the rear parking lot of the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum. 

When O’Bryan and Wiley performed a welfare check, they made contact with the two individuals in the vehicle, Jason Mollette, 29, of Paintsville, and Kristin Davis, 25, also of Paintsville. The deputies, the statement said, noticed Mollette had “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” and noted that Mollette admitted to “shooting up a suboxone a few hours prior.”

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The statement said during a search of Mollette’s person, deputies found a scale in his pocket and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a gray zip-up bag which contained three plastic bags, in which deputies found a crystalline substance and two straws, suspected to be used in snorting drugs. O’Bryan and Wiley weighed the crystalline substance, believed to be methamphetamine, and discovered it weighed approximately 31 grams. 

Mollette and Davis denied ownership of the substance and the paraphernalia and were arrested. 

Mollette was charged with first-offense DUI, first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia and second-offense illegal possession of prescription blanks.

Davis’ charges included first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Mollette and Davis were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where Davis was released later that day and Mollette remained as of presstime. Both Davis and Mollette are scheduled for arraignment in their cases on May 21.

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