Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays was in the Highland Park Dollar General Store parking lot when he noticed a man exit the store who appeared unsteady on his feet. Sgt. Mays began speaking to James Decker, 25, of the Hemlock community, and noticed he appeared intoxicated.
Decker provided consent to search his person, and in one of his coat pockets was a small plastic bag containing a white crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine. Decker also had in his possession a pill bottle containing six pills believed to be Suboxone and one Suboxone film.
Decker was placed under arrest, and upon arriving at the Whitley County Detention Center, he was asked if he was in possession of any other illegal items. While he was being booked into the jail, Sgt. Mays and Deputy Jailer Robbins searched Decker again and found in his coat two more plastic bags containing crystals believed to be “ice” meth.
For failing to disclose the additional bags, Decker was charged with promoting contraband. He is also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.
Sgt. Mays was assisted by Lieutenant Tim Baker, and Williamsburg Police Department’s Lieutenant Jim Poole and Officer Ashley Wampler.
Around 6 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, sheriff’s deputies were contacted twice about a suspicious red truck, which had been seen in the parking lot of a church along Hwy 1804 and another nearby location. While on patrol in the Emlyn community, Sergeant Kirk Mays saw a red truck of the same make and model reported by callers. Sgt. Mays conducted a traffic stop near Jeff’s One Stop, and noticed the driver appeared intoxicated.
The driver, Ray L. Johnson, 67, of Cool Camp Road, could not complete field sobriety tests, and records indicated his driver’s license was suspended. Johnson was placed under arrest and provided consent to search his vehicle. Sgt. Mays found one Suboxone film in one of Johnson’s pants pockets and 12 more in his wallet.
Johnson was arrested and charged with DUI, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container, driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain insurance and three charges relating to the vehicle’s registration.
On Thursday February 4, 2016, Lieutenant Tim Baker and Sergeant Kirk Mays continued efforts to locate a stolen vehicle. An attempt to locate request had been given out earlier in the week because a green Chevrolet Cruze had been reported stolen out of Knox County, Kentucky.
Around 10:30 p.m. Lt. Baker and Sgt. Mays located the car at a cemetery near Gail Hart Road. In the car’s driver’s seat was Shawn D. Dople, 39, of Whetstone Road. Dople was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property (valued at over $10,000), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and public intoxication. Lt. Baker and Sgt. Mays served Dople with two warrants issued by Knox County authorities. Dople was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.