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$500,000 bond for a Middlesboro man repeatedly not abiding by terms of his bond

Updated: May 11, 2019

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James Pursifull - BCDC

After his third appearance in front of Judge Dan Ballou for not abiding to the terms of a bond for possession of Methamphetamine and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia a Middlesboro man with several run-in’s with the law is now being held on a $500,000 bond.


59 year old James R. Pursifull was incarcerated in January of this year after the Judge Ballou ordered that he be drug tested and he failed. He was jailed and charged with contempt of court. Pursifull then made his $25,000 bond and returned to court a little over a month later.


He made the court appearance in front of Judge Ballou who once again found grounds that his violated the terms of his bond. The judge then had him arrested and set a $50,000 bond which a family member posted and he was released.


Pursifull came to court this week for another appearance and was drug tested yet again. In the process of the test a Xanax pill fell out of his clothing. Judge Ballou issued a warrant for Pursifull and set a sizable bond of $500,000 due to his non-compliance.


Bell County Deputy Patrick Brooks lodged Pursifull in the Bell County Detention Center Friday afternoon May 10, 2019 charging him with failure to abide by the conditions of his bond.


His next court date according to records is July 16, 2019 at 9:00am.

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