A Prestonsburg woman was arrested in Paintsville on Dec. 15 on drug possession charges after Walmart asset protection personnel made a complaint that she had shoplifted inside the store and was sitting outside of the building in a truck, according to court documents.
When PPD Officer Zach Mitchell arrived, the citation said he made contact with Michelle Bradley, 25, of Prestonsburg, who advised Mitchell she had taken some items and forgotten to pay for them while inside the store.
Asset protection personnel advised Mitchell that Bradley could be seen on camera ringing in only some of her items, creating a deficit of approximately $40 in her payment and that Bradley had been banned from Walmart approximately three years prior, the citation said. Mitchell contacted the vehicle’s owner and Bradley granted him permission to search inside the vehicle, according to the citation.
When Mitchell searched inside Bradley’s purse, he discovered a yellow container which contained “several Suboxone strips and assorted pills,” which Mitchell said appeared to be Suboxone as well, in addition to a white, ovular pill which appeared to be “Neurontin,” according to the citation.
Mitchell said he then conducted sobriety tests leading him to believe Bradley was intoxicated, the citation said, and Bradley admitted to taking two Suboxone earlier that day.
Bradley was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $500 (shoplifting), public intoxication and third-degree possession of a controlled substance before being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she was released the next day.
An arraignment in Bradley’s case is set for Jan. 14.