Three state workers arrested in Prestonsburg drug bust

Three men are in jail after police say they found them smoking marijuana in the Prestonsburg Walmart parking lot.

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Three men are in jail after police say they found them smoking marijuana in the Prestonsburg Walmart parking lot.

Police say the men should have known better, because they were state workers with the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Officers say the men had with them morphine tablets and a relatively small amount of marijuana, but the pot was packaged in a way that led officers to believe it was ready for sale.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a complaint of some men smoking marijuana in front of Shoe Show in the Walmart shopping center.

Prestonsburg Police Department's K9 officer was called to the scene, and police discovered seven division of forestry contractors inside a state forestry van.

Officers also recovered morphine tablets and a small quantity of marijuana.

"The marijuana that was found, it was found in a black baggie," said Aaron Blevins, Prestonsburg P.D.'s K9 officer. "It was individually wrapped, as what we say is individually wrapped is individually wrapped to be resold."

Prestonsburg police say it's fairly common to come across marijuana in Floyd County, but morphine tablets are a bit of a rarity.

"I've not seen a whole lot of morphine tablets in this area," Blevins said. "I've seen the morphine patches, so the morphine tablets was definitely a first for me."

In all, police arrested three of the men on various possession, trafficking and drug paraphernalia charges. Three others were cited for public intoxication.

Police would not release the identities of the men involved in the bust.

There is also no word on what sort of disciplinary action the Kentucky Division of Forestry might take against the men.


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