A pound of meth found in traffic stop
SALYERSVILLE – A reported Uber driver and his passenger, both of Lexington, were arrested in Salyersville last Wednesday night after law enforcement uncovered over a pound of meth in the vehicle.
On November 27, according to the arrest citations, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels stopped Malcom G. Thomas, 28, of Lexington, on the Mountain Parkway due to the rear license not being illuminated. When Nickels walked up the vehicle, he reportedly could smell a strong odor of marijuana and he called for Kentucky State Police assistance.
Thomas told KSP Trooper M. Haney he had smoked a blunt prior to operating the vehicle, he was taking the passenger to meet someone and that he was an Uber driver.
According to the citation, Thomas failed a field sobriety test and was not able to provide any current paperwork for the car.
Thomas refused a blood test at Paul B. Hall Medical Center and was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention early on November 28, charged with rear license not illuminated, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense), no registration receipt and failure to produce insurance card. He was released from jail later the same day, pending future court dates.
During the traffic stop, Thomas’ passenger, Marolyn A. Resindez, 25, also of Lexington, was questioned by police, telling them she had a small amount of marijuana in her coat pocket.
When she was placed in the backseat of the police cruiser, Trooper Haney asked her, again, if she had anything on her they needed to know about and she told him she had a gun in her waistline. She followed law enforcement orders to slowly retrieve the gun.
Thomas consented to a search of the entire car and police found a black purse in the trunk that Resindez stated belonged to her. Inside the purse was an opened chip bag with a black plastic bag inside it. Inside the black plastic bag was a one-gallon Ziploc bag with a clear rock substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. According to police records, there were several large meth rocks in the bag. Resindez told police that there should be at least a pound there. Law enforcement estimated the weight with the scales that were used at 1 pound 4 ounces.
Resindez was also taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remains at press time, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine; carrying a concealed weapon; and possession of marijuana.
A preliminary hearing in Resindez’s case is set for December 9 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.
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