PAIR OF MARTIN COUNTY WOMEN, LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUGS, OTHER CHARGES AFTER SEPARATE TRAFFIC STOPS LATE TUESDAY NIGHT IN MARTIN CO.
AUGUST 10, 2017 – written by WADE QUEEN
Three people were arrested on drug charges in two separate traffic stops in Martin County late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.
According to a news release from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Kassandra Hamilton, 25, and Stephanie A. Hobbs, 44, both from Beauty, Kentucky, are facing charges connected to methamphetamine, including possession of a controlled substance.
Both women were arrested after a traffic stop near a business along state Route 40 in Martin County Tuesday evening. Kassandra Hamilton, who was the driver, is also facing additional charges for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and drugs and having an improper registration plate.
Both Kassandra Hamilton and Stephanie A. Hobbs were arrested by Martin County Deputy Aaron Blevins, and were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center just after midnight early Wednesday morning.
Kassandra Hamilton was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/ INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 – 1ST OFFENSE, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS, • IMPROPER REGISTRATION PLATE, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT. Stephanie A. Hobbs was charged with: • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-CONTROLLED SUB STANCE(EXCLUDES ALCOHOL), • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS.
Hamilton remains jailed in the BSRDC Thursday morning, while Hobbs has since posted bail.
In the second case, a Lawrence County man was also arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday evening in Martin County and faces numerous drug charges.
Martin County deputies say the traffic stop happened near the intersection of state Route 645 and Milo Dip. Arrested was James Walter Harless, 50, of Louisa. Harless is facing multiple possession of a controlled substance charges, including meth and marijuana, as well as carrying a concealed deadly weapon and marijuana trafficking charges.
James Harless was arrested by Deputy Adams of the Martin County Sgeriff Department, and was charged with: • POSSESSION A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS, • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE (METHAMPHETAMINE), • TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA ( LESS THAN 8 OZ.) 1ST OFFENSE, • PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOT PROPER CONTAINER 1ST OFFENSE, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 3RD DEGREE – DRUG UNSPECIFIED, • CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.
Both cases are continuing to be investigated by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.