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SALYERSVILLE – Three people were arrested Saturday night on drug-related charges.

On September 1 Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels was patrolling Restaurant Row when he observed three people with unusual behavior at Wendy’s. 

He pulled them over on the Parkway, but they reportedly tried to cross the road at the car lot and got stuck in the dirt pile. 

Upon checking the vehicle, Nickels and SPD Tracy Salyer found a bag of pills, a bag of a white substance, $4,000 in cash, and quantities of methadone.

The three were arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time.

The driver of the vehicle, Jody Carl Akers, 58, of Campton, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (Class D felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified, first offense (Class D felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, opiates (Class D felony); controlled substance prescription not in original container (Class B misdemeanor); improper equipment (a violation); reckless driving (violation); operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense (Class B misdemeanor); and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor). Akers bond has been set at $50,000 cash.

Douglas W. Holbrook, 47, of Watseka, IL, was a passenger in the vehicle. According to Salyer’s police report, he appeared highly intoxicated and admitted to smoking marijuana approximately 11 hours prior to being stopped by police. He also had a bottle of methadone that had been prescribed to him, but was missing more pills than it should have been per the pill count and the prescription. 

Holbrook is charged with one count of public intoxication of a controlled substance (Class B misdemeanor) and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (Class D felony). His bond has been set at $5,000.

Holbrook’s girlfriend, Mary E. Roark, 40, of West Liberty, was also a passenger in the vehicle, and reportedly had 5 methadone pills in her pocket. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified (Class D felony). 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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