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Pike woman blames meth in purse on teen


SALYERSVILLE – A Pike County woman allegedly tried to blame her 16-year-old daughter for methamphetamine in her purse when she was pulled over on Tuesday morning.

Early on June 11, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels observed a car swerving on Restaurant Row and followed her to VIP Fuels, where he stopped to talk to her.

Nickels told Mortimer Media Group he recognized the driver, identified as Jessica Rose Justice, 35, of Raccoon, KY, having arrested her for DUI previously, and found that her license was suspended. He noted that she had a quantity of methamphetamine in her purse, as well as approximately $3,500 in cash, and that there were three juveniles under 16 years old in the vehicle. 

Though there were several items in the purse belonging to Justice, she told police the 16-year-old had placed the bag of meth in her purse. 

Police also found a concealed ax in the vehicle.

Social services were called.

During a strip search at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, jail employees found another quantity of methamphetamine concealed in a body cavity.

Justice is currently housed at the BSRDC, facing the following charges: reckless driving (a violation); driving DUI suspended license, first offense, aggravator (Class A misdemeanor); possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, methamphetamine (Class D felony); carrying a concealed deadly weapon (Class A misdemeanor); and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor (Class A misdemeanors). 

Nickels told Mortimer Media Group she will also face a charge in Johnson County for promoting contraband at the jail.

According to court records, she is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. 

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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