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Meth-trafficking arrests made


SALYERSVILLE – Three were arrested early Tuesday morning on meth-trafficking-related charges.

Just after midnight on September 10, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels conducted a traffic stop on US 460 in Magoffin County, with the help of Kentucky State Police Trooper Dustin Thompson, who wrote the arrest citation. 

According to the citation, as law enforcement approached the vehicle, Thomas Trimble, 38, of Hager Hill, was identified as the driver and the passenger of the vehicle was observed stuffing something into her shirt. 

Trimble reportedly appeared very nervous and would not make eye contact with police. 

The occupants of the car were asked to exit the vehicle.

The backseat passenger told law enforcement she saw Trimble give something to the front passenger and she tried to hide it in her shirt, but she wasn’t sure what it was.

Nickels found two clear, plastic bags of suspected crystal methamphetamine, which he stated the front passenger had retrieved from her shirt. 

The front passenger, who has not been charged in this case, told law enforcement Trimble had given her the meth and a needle to hide whenever they saw the blue lights. 

Trooper Thompson noted that Trimble’s eyes were red and he continued to seem very nervous. Trimble told Thompson he did not know what the girls were talking about and when asked if he had been using methamphetamine, he reportedly stated that it had been a while.

After failing a field sobriety test, he was placed under arrest and transported to Paul B. Hall Medical Center, where implied consent was read. He declined to contact an attorney and submitted to a blood test.

Trimble is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing the following charges: rear license not illuminated; operating motor vehicle under the influence; trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine); failure to wear seatbelts; and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. 

Two hours later Nickels requested KSP assistance with a traffic stop and a significant quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

According to the arrest citation by Thompson, when he arrived to the traffic stop, also on US 460, Nickels told him he had stopped the car due to the driver not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle being operated with canceled registration plates. 

The front passenger, Cheyenne Taylor, 20, of Wayland, KY, had attempted to hide a large clear, plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine between her seat and the door panel. 

Thompson talked with the driver, identified as Marion Wade Martin, 48, also of Wayland, and noticed he appeared to have constricted pupils and redness around his eyes. 

Both were read the Miranda Warning by Nickels and stated they were not willing to talk. 

Law enforcement found $2,329 located Martin’s front pocket. 

Martin refused a blood test at Paul B. Hall Medical Center.

Law enforcement reported there was approximately half of a pound of methamphetamine in the bag.

At press time, Taylor and Martin are being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Taylor is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine), and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. Martin is charged with failure to wear seatbelts; trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine); operating a motor vehicle under the influence (aggravator circumstance), first offense; no registration plates; buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.

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

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