Five individuals were arrested at Ponderosa Apartments in Paintsville Thursday on meth charges after Paintsville Police Department officers conducted a knock and talk at a residence on Ponderosa Drive. An arrest on Monday brought the total arrested in connection with the drug to six over the past few days.

“We had a complaint from the management at Ponderosa Apartments, who said they were having a lot of drug activity on the premises,” said PPD Chief Mike Roe. “We went out and went with (the management) and did a safety check of all of the apartments and, inside the apartments, there were all of these folks that didn’t belong there and he wanted them all removed.”

Roe said that, in the process of removing the unauthorized guests, it was

discovered that several of the individuals in question had active warrants and many of them also had drugs in their possession.

“Most of them had warrants on them, the ones that didn’t have warrants had drugs on them, even most of the ones that did have warrants had drugs on them,” Roe said.

The apartment, according to the citations, belonged to Shawna Marie Goble, 41, of Boons Camp, who wrote out a statement allowing the officers to search the premises. The citation said that this search led to the discovery of syringes, a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine and what appeared to be marijuana. Both Goble and the other occupant of her apartment, Nicholas T. Music, 38, of Richmond, denied having any knowledge of the drugs in the residence.

In another apartment, four more subjects were located, including Tyler Poe-Smith, 24, of Salyersville, who told officers he didn’t have anything illegal on his person when asked but admitted to having methamphetamine after PPD Officer Zach Stapleton patted him down and “felt something in his pocket.”

Also found in the second apartment were Chanda Collier, 20, of Paintsville, who was arrested on a bench warrant, Richard Tyler Harvey, 23, of Paintsville, who the citation said was arrested after advising officers he had syringes in his right pocket, one of which he advised was loaded with methamphetamine. Also arrested in the apartment was Stacy Heuser, 42, of Prestonsburg, after Captain Johnathan Holbrook saw a cup in plain view, which contained what appeared to be methamphetamine, according to the citation. The citation said Heuser was the only one in the room with the cup and became irate when questioned, advising Holbrook that she “didn’t know what that was.”

Harvey was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and was served with a bench warrant, Poe-Smith was charged with first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and Heuser was charged with tampering with physical evidence and served a bench warrant.

From the other apartment, Goble was charged with first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana and Music was charged with first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

All six individuals were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where Heuser, Music and Poe-Smith were released the following day, Harvey and Collier remain in custody and Goble was released the same day.

Roe said these arrests are part of a continuing effort on the part of the Paintsville Police Department, who are focusing time and resources on putting a stop to drug trafficking in Paintsville.

“We’re continuing to crack down on all illegal drugs, most, all of it, was meth, and there was paraphernalia involved,” Roe said. “It’s an ongoing thing, if anybody’s got a tip or if they just want us to come in and help them with problems like this, we’re glad to go help them.”

Roe said he wanted to thank his officers for their continued work, specifically mentioning officers Jonathan Holbrook, Shane Cantrell, Zach Stapleton and Danny Smith.

According to court documents, Holbrook and Roe continued their work Monday, when a controlled buy led to the arrest of James Kirby Adams, 31, of Flat Gap, who was captured on audio and video and found with used and loaded syringes, bags with what appeared to be crystal meth and digital scales. Adams was charged with first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine), first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remained as of presstime Monday.

This is Adams’ third meth-related arrest this year, according to jail records.

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