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Middlesboro man charged with possession after leaving area known for high drug activity

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Michael Hensley - BCDC

On Saturday October 16, 2021, Middlesboro Officers lead by Ryan Collins observed a black Lincoln leaving from a high drug activity area at Happy Hollow Apartments failing to signal turning onto Happy Hollow Road. A traffic stop was conducted in the parking lot of Walmart.


Upon contact with the driver, 35-year-old Michael Hensley of Middlesboro, it was determined he had a suspended operator’s license and had no proof of insurance. Officer Collins states in a citation that Hensley was attempting to conceal something on his right side an kept reaching for it.


Hensley was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he replied no. Consent to search the vehicle and his person was asked and given. Found stuffed in the seat where Hensley had been sitting was a bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. Also found inside the car were Hydrocodone and Gabapentin pills. In the trunk was found a used glass pipe with a white residue. Hensley claimed ownership of the items.


Michael Hensley was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with failure to or improper signal, no insurance, operating on a suspended license, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, possession of controlled substance – 3rd degree (drug unspecified), possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified), and possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine).

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