One traffic stop, three arrests in Middlesboro
From WRIL -
According to citations, on Sunday May 12, Middlesboro Police were working off of an anonymous tip that someone would be traveling to Middlesboro from Tennessee to pick up drugs.
Officer Jeremiah Johnson executed a traffic stop on the 2006 blue Dodge pickup truck, which was said to have a broken windshield, on southbound Highway 25E near the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The officer was assisted by MPD Lt. David Buis and two Park Rangers.
When Officer Johnson made contact with the driver, identified as 39 year old Earl Scott Mansfield of Middlesboro, it was discovered that he did not have an operator’s license and the odor of Marijuana was coming from the truck.
When asked for consent to search the truck it was given by Mansfield. He along with his two passengers, 20 year old Spencer Michael Raines of Middlesboro, and 43 year old Johnny Keith Brock of Harrogate were then asked to exit the vehicle.
In the search, the officers found within reach of all three men, an “eight ball” (approximately 3.5 grams) of a clear rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a small baggie of Marijuana in the glove compartment, and a digital scale.
All three men were arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.
Earl Scott Mansfield was charged with no operator’s license, no insurance, possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – Methamphetamine, and possession of Marijuana.
Both Brock and Raines were charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – Methamphetamine, and possession of Marijuana.
Johnny Brock was given an additional charge of buying/possessing drug paraphernalia for the digital scale.