The Kentucky State Police arrested two people Wednesday on drug charges during routine patrols.
Bethel Stewart, 53, of Andersonville, Tenn., and Heather Stevens Anderson, 38, of Cawood, were arrested by KSP Trooper Jared Boggs.
According to a press release, Boggs was patrolling the Village Center Mall around 1:30 p.m. He observed a vehicle parked in front of Subway in a handicapped parking spot. The vehicle did not have a handicapped placard displayed.
The release states Boggs approached the 2003 Saturn LS and made contact with Stewart. Boggs observed a Suboxone strip package in plain view in the driver’s floorboard. Stewart appeared to be very intoxicated, and was given field sobriety tests, police said.
Stewart was placed in custody for operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Trooper Jimmy L. Halcomb arrived on the scene shortly thereafter to assist. Halcomb made contact with Anderson, a passenger in Stewart’s vehicle. Anderson was searched and found to be in possession of Xanax and Subutex, none of which were in their proper containers, police said.
Anderson was placed into custody by Halcomb.
The release stated that while transporting Anderson and Stewart to the Harlan County Detention Center, Boggs noticed both individuals were acting nervous and would not keep their hands in plain view. Boggs requested this many times during the transport. Once at the detention center, Anderson and Stewart were observed by Boggs attempting to conceal something inside their clothing. Both subjects were taken into the detention center where they were searched further.
Boggs said a search by jail officials revealed Anderson to have a large amount of Xanax and Subutex concealed on her as well as Suboxone strips.
A total of over $3,500 in cash was also seized from Anderson and Stewart, police said.
Stewart was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree promoting contraband failure to wear seat belts, no registration receipt and failure to notify address change to the department of transportation.
Anderson was charged with third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, prescription drug not in proper container, two counts of prescription drug not in proper container and second-degree promoting contraband.
The case is under investigation by Boggs and Halcomb.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @joe_hde