A Johnson County man was arrested Monday on charges of drug possession and tampering with evidence after he allegedly attempted to drop pills on the ground, court documents say.

Joseph Meade, 30, of Wittensville, was one of the passengers in a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer that was pulled over after Kentucky State Police Trooper Ryan Hale determined the license plate belonged to a 2001 Chrysler. 

According to court documents, Meade told Hale he was the owner of the vehicle and just traded for it, but did not have any insurance or documents on it.

“As Mr. Meade exited the vehicle I observed two white pills fall form his right side shorts pocket,” Hale wrote in Meade’s arrest citation. Based on markings, the pills were allegedly determined to be gabapentin.

Hale also noted an uncapped hypodermic syringe in the door pocket where Meade had been sitting in the vehicle, according to court documents. While retrieving the pills that had fallen, Hale wrote, he noticed Meade drop something white from his person onto the ground, at which point Meade was detained and placed in the patrol car.

Where Meade had dropped something, Hale wrote that he recovered another two pills: one of them a third gabapentin pill, the other identified as acetaminophen-hydrocodone. After a search of the vehicle, Hale also said he found another uncapped needle “stuffed into the seat where Mr. Meade was sitting.”

“Mr. Meade initially denied all knowledge of these items. However, Mr. Meade then made the unsolicited statement that the items were his and he apologized for his actions, stating that he was scared,” Hale noted.

Meade was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, permitting operation of a motor vehicle with improper registration, permitting another to operating a motor vehicle without required insurance and failure to wear seat belts. 

He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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