Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas said one of his undercover officers and Sgt. Mike Boggs received information that two men from Michigan and one from Middlesboro were in the Harlan area distributing OxyContin pills Wednesday. After locating the vehicle the men were allegedly occupants of, both officers conducted surveillance of them most of the day.
Thomas said after teaming up with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was located on KY 38 at Kitts by deputy Josh Howard and stopped. When consent to search the vehicle was obtained, Howard ran K-9 unit Dasty through the vehicle and 61 OxyContin pills were allegedly discovered in a bag in the back seat. The pills have a street value of $7,320.
James Earl Stallings III, 42, of Detroit, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana and first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
David Anton Cook Sr., 45, of Oak Park, Mich., was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
Michael Anthony Clay, 47, of Middlesboro, was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.
Assisting with the arrests included sheriff Marvin Lipfird, deputy David Williams and officer Terry Jacobs.