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Outstanding warrants for Collett net charges for Money when drugs, a gun, and radio found

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

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Just after 3:00 pm Saturday October 12, 2019 a man wanted for not showing up in court on several charges was taken back into custody. 28 year old Christopher Collett was scheduled to make Bell County court appearances on October 7th and 8th, but did not show up and bench warrants were issued.


Middlesboro Police Officers Jeremiah Johnson, Chris Barnes, Lt. Joe Holder, and Sgt. Josh Burchett - working on an anonymous tip - made their way to an Ellenwood Road residence to serve the outstanding warrants. The officers go to the back door of the home which was open and see Collett in a hallway. Collett sees the men, turns from them heading back down the hall, and is apprehended.


Once in custody the officers found a .380 Ruger handgun tossed under Collett’s bed in his bedroom and a radio that sends/receives Middlesboro Police transmissions.

Officer Johnson states in his citation that during the incident Collett resisted arrest by pulling away, tensing up, and failed to follow instructions.


While serving the warrant on Collett, 27-year-old Katelyn Money of Middlesboro made her way into the kitchen area and started dumping a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine out of a container connected to her key chain. Officer Barnes states in his citation that there was also, on a counter next to the meth, cellophane from a cigarette pack containing four yellow pills identified as Hydrocodone.


As Officer Barnes attempted to arrest Money she began pulling away from him and fighting. Even after being cuffed, Money continued to fight the officer kicking him. She was screaming while being taken to the police cruiser and refused to enter the vehicle, but was finally subdued and placed inside. A further search of the home revealed a set of digital scales.


Both Collett and Money were then lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.


Christopher Collett was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession/use of a radio that sends/receives police messages, and resisting arrest. He was also served the three outstanding warrants. He is being held without bond.


Katelyn Money was charged with possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct – 2nd degree. Bond has not been set yet.


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