Two Johnson County men are facing meth trafficking charges after allegedly being arrested in a car with more than 13 grams of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Capt. Jonathan Holbrook with the Paintsville Police Department noticed a vehicle Thursday evening in Paintsville after seeing the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Holbrook reportedly turned around to pull the car over, and found it parked with its occupants on foot on Madison Avenue.

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Holbrook noted the alleged driver of the vehicle, Zachary T. Bowen, 25, of Paintsville, had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant.

Bowen reportedly gave consent to search the vehicle, a search which turned up a black container with needles and straws inside. 

“One needle was loaded with an orange substance,” Bowen’s arrest citation said.

Another large bag was also found containing a crystal/powder substance. 

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The alleged passenger in the vehicle, John F. King, 23, of Paintsville, was initially released prior to the search. After the drugs were found, PPD Officer Zac Mitchell went to the residence where he had been advised the car was heading. Upon spotting the marked police cruiser, King allegedly ran inside and out the back door, and did not stop when ordered. 

“(I) presented my Taser device and advised him to get down or he would be tased, subject then became compliant with commands,” Mitchell noted.

Both Bowen and King reportedly denied ownership of the drugs.

Bowen was arrested on charges of operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to wear a seatbelt, first-degree trafficking more than two grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

King was also charged with first-degree trafficking more than two grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot. 

Both individuals were scheduled for preliminary hearings in their cases on Monday.

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