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Two arrested on meth-related charges

LICK CREEK – Two were arrested after a car was stopped last week for suspected driving under the influence, yielding a large quantity of methamphetamine.

According to the arrest citations, Magoffin County Sheriff Department’s Officer Tipton was following a vehicle on KY Rt. 3334 on Friday, April 6 at approximately 11:44 p.m., when he noticed that it was moving from the right white line to the left side of the roadway. 

The driver, Stephen Wayne Gabbard, 33, of Somerset, was arrested after failing a field sobriety on a DUI charge, as well as possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, methamphetamine, and for allegedly buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. According to police records, Gabbard admitted to Tipton he had used meth the same day of the arrest, and meth was found in the vehicle, as well as baggies and needles. 

The passenger in the vehicle, James Dunn, 48, of Campton, was told to keep his hands on the dash while Tipton checked Gabbard, however, Tipton noted that Dunn moved his hands to down to the left side of his seat. 

When Tipton opened the car door, he reported seeing a handgun to the right side of Dunn’s seat. He then pulled Dunn from the vehicle and cleared the handgun. It was an unloaded 9 mm automatic, but Tipton found rounds for the gun in Dunn’s pocket. 

Dunn then proceeded to give law enforcement the wrong name and birthdate, but after he was placed under arrest he gave his real identity to Tipton. 

Upon searching the car Tipton found a large amount of meth wrapped in plastic, baggies, a set of scales and unused needles, as well as reported finding $669 on Dunn.

Dunn is facing the following charges: carrying a concealed weapon; giving officer false identifying information; trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine); and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Dunn is set for a preliminary hearing for April 16 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. Gabbard’s arraignment was slated for April 11, though the result of that hearing is not known at press time. Both cases involve felony-level charges.

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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