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A fugitive tip lands not one, but two in jail

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Kaelea Thomas - BCDC

Working on a tip Monday February 25, 2019 around 9:30pm, Middlesboro Police lead by Det Sgt. Joe Holder went to a residence on Lower Gibson Lane to arrest a wanted felon. The warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s service stated that 29 year old Kaelea M. Thomas of Middlesboro was to be taken into custody.


Upon arriving at the residence, detective Sgt. Holder, Sgt. Josh Burchett, and Officer Chris Barnes, noticed 30 year old Timothy Daniels of Middlesboro standing in the driveway of the home. As the officers went to the home to make contact with Kaelea Thomas, Daniels left his car in the driveway quickly and ran down Lower Gibson Lane.


Det. Holder states in his citation that the officers approached the home to knock on the front door and it was open. The officers saw Thomas walk to the front door and when she saw them Holder states she threw a small handbag down on the kitchen table. Thomas was then placed under arrest on the fugitive warrant.


Consent to enter the residence was given by homeowner Bill Ledford so the officers could retrieve the handbag. Inside officers found a mirror, four syringes, baggy and plastic container of what is believed to be Methamphetamine, scales, a Suboxone packet, and several new plastic baggies.


After Holder and Burchett arrested Thomas, Officer Barnes went in the direction of travel he saw Timothy Daniels run. Barnes caught up with Daniels asking him why he was running and if he had anything illegal on him. Barnes states in a separate citation that Daniels was acting very nervous.


Timothy Daniels - BCDC

After searching Daniels, Barnes found a cigarette packet in his left front pants pocket that contained a clear crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.


Further investigation determined Daniels had previously been charged with this same offense.


Both Thomas and Daniels were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.


Kaelea Thomas is charged with trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense less than 2 grams – Methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree – drug unspecified , buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. She was also served the fugitive warrant and an additional bench warrant for a probation violation. She is being held without bond due to the probation violation.


Timothy Daniels was charged with possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 3rd offense or greater – Methamphetamine.


Once at the detention center, jail staff discovered Daniels was attempting to conceal something that turned out to be Methamphetamine. Daniels was additionally charged by the jail for tampering with physical evidence, promoting contraband 1st degree, and possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 3rd offense or greater – Methamphetamine. He is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.


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