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June 20, 2013

Police Roundup - June 20, 2013

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CORBIN —

Man jailed on several charges

A man was jailed on several charges after a traffic stop by the Williamsburg Police Department Wednesday.

Around 5 p.m., Detective Bobby Freeman stopped a blue Ford Mustang traveling southbound on I-75 near the 14 mile marker.

The driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Ronald Jasper Averill III, of Lake City, Tenn., had a warrant for his arrest issued out of Laurel County.

A passenger in the Ford had in her possession $1,264 in cash, which was seized as part of an ongoing investigation.

Once at the Whitley County Detention Center, it was revealed Averill was allegedly concealing within a body cavity a white bottle containing 90 light blue, round pills believed to be oxycodone.

Averill was charged with contempt of court for his outstanding warrant, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband, failure of a non-owner operator to maintain insurance and failure to produce an insurance card.

No charges were filed against the female passenger.

Tennessee man arrested by WPD for meth

An Eagen, Tenn. man remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond after his arrest on I-75 Wednesday.

Mathew Cobb Jr., 44, faces several charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, driving on a suspended operator’s license, failure to maintain insurance, expired registration and careless driving.

Williamsburg Police officers received a call just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from Walmart employees.

Those employees reported that two men left their store after purchasing items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

K9 Officer Brandon Prewitt was working criminal interdiction on I-75 when the call came in and shortly after located a blue Chevrolet southbound on I-75 which matched the vehicle description provided by Walmart employees.

Prewitt stopped the Chevrolet after observing it being driven in a careless manner and was joined by Detective Bobby Freeman, who was also working criminal interdiction on I-75.

The driver, Cobb, had no operator’s license, no insurance and the vehicle’s registration was expired. Cobb allegedly began to sweat profusely and refused to allow officers to search the vehicle.

K9 Rico was led around the outside of the vehicle and gave a positive alert.

The driver then admitted to smoking marijuana in the vehicle the night before.

When officers searched the vehicle, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, coffee filters, Coleman brand fuel, and salts were located.

Following an interview, Cobb allegedly admitted he purchased the items with the intent to sell the meth precursors to a man in Tennessee who planned to manufacture methamphetamine.

The investigation continues. The two officers were assisted by Kentucky State Police Sergeant Lafe Owens and Trooper First Class Ryan Loudermilk.

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