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Pikeville man charged with importing heroin


SALYERSVILLE – A Pikeville man was arrested in Salyersville on Sunday night and charged with importing heroin.

According to the arrest citation, written by Salyersville Police Department Mike Nickels, dispatch received several calls on September 15 regarding reckless driving, reporting that a car had hit several barrels along the Mountain Parkway in Morgan and Magoffin Counties, with the last call placing the car at VIP Fuels on Restaurant Row. 

When Nickels arrived at VIP, Lynn W. Parrish, 43 of Pikeville, was pulling away from a gas pump, but Nickels indicated that he was driving at an excessively slow speed.

After following him a short distance and witnessing him cross the centerline, Nickels pulled over Parrish. 

Law enforcement attempted to conduct a field sobriety test on Parrish, during which he passed out. After placed under arrest, Parrish reportedly passed out several more times.

Nickels reportedly found 30 Xanax bars and three small bags of heroin in the car.

After being taken to the hospital, with blood work still pending, Parrish was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, and charged with the following: reckless driving (violation); tampering with motor vehicle/motor home odometer (Class D felony); operating a motor vehicle under the influence (Class B misdemeanor); third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified (Class A misdemeanor); importing heroin (Class C felony); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, heroin (Class D felony); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); and controlled substance prescription not in original container (Class B misdemeanor).

At press time, Parrish is being held at the BSRDC on a $10,000 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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