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Middlesboro motor vehicle stop yields drugs and an arrest for drug trafficking

From the Middlesboro Police Department -

Thursday evening January 13, 2022, Officer Jake Partin stopped a gold Jeep Cherokee operated by Jonathan Maples who he knew didn’t have a driver’s license. During the stop Officer Partin requested assistance and Officer John Kinder responded. Partin asked Maples and passenger Debbie Sparks (also known as Debbie Goins) if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and they both stated no. Consent to search the vehicle we asked and both Maples and Sparks stated yes.


During the search Partin searched Maples and located a crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. Officer Kinder asked Sparks to exit the vehicle and asked for consent to search her purse, she stated no. Kinder then requested K9 Sgt. Harvey Johnson and K9 Atlas to do a free air sniff of Sparks handbag which alerted on the handbag. A search of her handbag held a glass pipe containing a crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine along with pill tablets believed to be Morphine, Diazepam, Clonazepam, and Suboxone. Also located in the handbag was $947.00 in U.S currency.


Jonathan Maples was charged with traffic infractions and possession of controlled substance - 1st degree (Methamphetamine). He was cited to court and released.


Debbie Sparks (Goins) was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with Trafficking controlled substance - 1st degree (drug unspecified), trafficking controlled substance - 3rd degree, possession of controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The $947.00 in U.S currency was seized.

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