, Corbin, KY

February 10, 2014

Suspicious vehicle report leads to arrests in Laurel

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A suspicious vehicle report Friday led to two arrests, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Tonya Blankenship, 34, of Stopover, and Jeffrey Smith, 39, of Corbin, were arrested after deputies Larry Parrott and Robbie Grimes responded about 8:40 p.m. to the complaint on North Laurel Road.

During their investigation, deputies determined the driver, Blankenship, was wanted on charges out of Pike District Court. Root said she also had several used and unused needles, a small amount of marijuana in a cigarette pack, and Xanax pills in a small, unmarked bottle stuffed into a small tin container.

Blankenship was charged with license to be in possession, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription controlled substances not in proper container (first offense).

Smith, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged on two outstanding Laurel County bench warrants for failure to appear in court and one Knox County bench warrant for failure to appear in court.

Both Blankenship and Smith were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.