Floyd County worker behind bars

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A Floyd County road worker is behind bars after police say they found him with items used to make meth.

Police say they found the drug paraphernalia in his county dump truck.

Police say county road worker James Branham went for a drive Thursday night in his county dump truck, and along the way he picked up a friend.

"The other guy as far as i know he was just picked up for, just kind of like riding to the store. (Just going for a joy ride in a dump truck?) That's the was it was explained to me," said Walker.

That joy ride was cut short when Branham and his passenger Robert Skeens were pulled over because police say they got a call saying the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

When they pulled them over they searched the truck and say they found some interesting items.

"Items that you would use actually to cook meth with. propane, lithium batteries. There was steel wool in there... An eyeglass case that had various drug paraphernalia in it. There was two what i would call meth pipes. They're glass," said Walker.

Police say both of the men say they did not know the drug items were in the truck and they do not know how they got there.

Both men were arrested and charged with possession of meth precursors.

We were unable to speak with Branham or Skeens, but police say they are maintaining their innocence.

The Floyd County Judge Executive says because it is a personnel issue he cannot make any statements at this time.

Both men are being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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