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Three arrested in traffic stop

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SALYERSVILLE – Three people are in jail after they were pulled over with meth in the truck, as well as three minor children.

According to the arrest citation, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Brian Tipton responded to a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver on the Mountain Parkway on Sunday night. Tipton observed the white GMC pickup truck traveling westbound, reportedly swerving from side-to-side before cutting the wheel and driving down the median toward the eastbound traffic.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Haney arrived at the traffic stop shortly after Tipton pulled over the vehicle, reporting in the citation that Kenneth Ray McClanahan II, 24 years old from Richmond, his ex-wife, Shirley D. McClanahan, 20, also of Richmond, and her boyfriend, Devin Roby Gearles, 24, of Freeburn, along with three minor children, ages 6, 3 and 1, were inside the vehicle.

Kenneth McClanahan reportedly had slow speech, could not be still, and had a hard time telling law enforcement where he was going, giving police a couple different stories. He failed a field sobriety test. 

Law enforcement also found suspected crystal methamphetamine located inside a garbage bag that had blankets inside of it, according to the arrest citation. Inside the blankets was a quart jar that had individual plastic baggies of a clear, crystal, granulated substance, believed to be methamphetamine. Also in the jar were eight orange capsules identified as Neurontin. All three adults told police the jar was theirs. 

Kenneth McClanahan admitted to police he had smoked meth prior to operating the motor vehicle.

Gearles, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was reportedly very fidgety and acted as if he was either reaching for something or trying to hide something. When he was asked to get out of the truck, he exited, exposing a yellow straw and needle that he had hidden under his legs in the seat. Police also found two small plastic baggies in Gearles’ left, front pocket that had a white, powdery substance in it that he stated was cocaine. He admitted to snorting a line of cocaine prior to getting into the vehicle. 

The three are facing the following charges:

- Kenneth McClanahan for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravating circumstances), first offense; possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; endangering the welfare of a minor; no registration receipt; failure to produce insurance card; failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense; careless driving; and possession of a controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified. 

- Shirley McClanahan for public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; possession of a controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified; and endangering the welfare of a minor.

- Devin Gearles for public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol); possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine); possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (cocaine); drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; possession of a controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified; and endangering the welfare of a minor.

At press time all three are still being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in the case for Monday, October 29 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

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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