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Drug bust made on US 460


EAST U.S. 460 – A Hager Hill man was arrested early Monday morning after being pulled over, with law enforcement reportedly finding meth and heroin. 

Early Monday, February 18, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels reported in the arrest citation that he was behind a car on U.S. 460, approximately 2 miles east of Salyersville, when he noticed the license plate was not illuminated and the vehicle was weaving in the lane. After he pulled the car over, he asked for the driver’s license, who stated he didn’t have one, but gave him someone else’s Social Security card. 

Nickels noted in the citation that the driver, later identified as Tyler W. Runnels, age 26, of Hager Hill, was acting really nervous and slurring his speech, so he asked Runnels to exit the vehicle. Reportedly, he found a needle and ribbon in Runnels’ pocket. Runnels told police his license was suspended, which was confirmed by dispatch. 

Runnels had a set of brass knuckles and a knife hidden in his boot, as well as possessed a black bag with a large rock of methamphetamine, two spoons with residue, two packs of a white powder substance, and some more needles. 

After Runnels failed a field sobriety test, he was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center, where he refused a blood test, then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time. 

According to law enforcement, they also found more suspected heroin on Runnels when he arrived at the jail. 

Runnels is currently facing the following charges: improper equipment; reckless driving; operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license; buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; giving an officer false name or address; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, drug unspecified; carry concealed weapon by prior deadly weapon felony offender; and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (third offense). 

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.


Heather Oney