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A Paintsville man was arrested on marijuana and drug trafficking charges on May 2 after initially refusing to leave Paintsville ARH’s emergency room, according to the Paintsville Police Department.

According to the citation, PPD Officer Timothy Ratliff received a call from staff at the emergency room that a man was refusing to leave and was suspected of having drugs on his person.

After arriving, Ratliff found that the man had already left the premises, the citation said. When Ratliff finally stopped the man in front of Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Church Street, he wrote, the man, identified as James Moore, 55, of Paintsville, smelled of marijuana and was visibly nervous.

A search of Moore’s person revealed a set of scales, a large bag in his pocket “full of marijuana,” two clear bags with suspected methamphetamine crystals inside them, another bag in his jacket which contained a “Zig-Zag hemp package with two blunts (inside)” and a “large crystal rock,” according to Ratliff. Moore also had rolling papers, two butane torches and “THC resin,” Ratliff said.

Ratliff said in the citation that, after placing Moore in his cruiser, he asked him where he got the suspected methamphetamine, but Moore stated it was not, it was “THC crystals.”

Moore was charged with possession of marijuana, public intoxication, second-degree disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree and first-offense possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remained as of presstime. 

A preliminary hearing in Moore’s case is set for May 8.


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