Two arrested after Middlesboro crash investigation leads to drug bust

Baker Maples

Two men were arrested early Monday in Bell County, Kentucky after an investigation into a vehicle crash led to the discovery of illicit drugs. 

At 5:30 a.m. Monday, a Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy and two Middlesboro police officers responded to a reported vehicle crash with injuries on Highway 25E. 

After they determined there were no injuries, a search of the vehicle revealed two pistols in the driver’s side floorboard, 15 suboxone strips in the back seat, roughly one pound of a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine and items for distribution. 

24-Year-old Dustin Baker was arrested after attempting to flee on foot after he was found in possession of a pill bottle with seven round Morphine pills, two .5mg Alprazolam pills, and 13 2-mg Alprazolam pills.

Baker has been charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense, possession of controlled substance – 2nd degree – drug unspecified, 2 counts of possession of controlled substance – 3rd degree – drug unspecified, 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police – 2nd degree (on foot). He was also served three bench warrants – one for a parole violation, one for violation of home incarceration, and another for failure to appear in court. He is also being held without bond.

The driver, 35-year-old Jonathan Maples, was charged with trafficking a controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense – greater than two grams (Methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance – 2nd degree – drug unspecified, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is also being held without bond.

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