Middlesboro fugitive tip leads to two arrests

Published 12:44 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019

Officers with the Middlesboro Police Department arrested two people when they acted on a tip Monday night looking for a wanted fugitive.

Detective Sergeant Joe Holder went to a home on Lower Gibson Lane searching for 29-year-old Kaelea Thomas. Thomas was wanted on a felony warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

When Holder arrived, with the assistance from Sgt. Josh Burchett and officer Chris Barnes, they saw 30-year-old Timothy Daniels standing in the driveway. According to the citation, when the officers went to the home to make contact with Thomas, Daniels abandoned his car in the driveway and took off on foot down Lower Gibson Lane.

The citation states when officers approached the home, the front door was open and Thomas was seen inside the home and threw a small handbag on the kitchen table. She was then placed under arrest on the fugitive warrant.

Homeowner Bill Ledford gave officers permission to search the home in order for them to get the handbag. When they searched the handbag, officers found a mirror, four syringes, a baggy and a plastic container with what is believed to be methamphetamine inside. Officers also found scales, a suboxone packet, and several other plastic baggies.

Officer Barnes went after Daniels. When he made contact with him, a search found a cigarette packet in his left front pants pocket that contained a clear crystal like substance that is believed to be methamphetamine.

Thomas was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance (less than two grams methamphetamine), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also served the fugitive warrant from the U.S. Marshals and an additional bench warrant for a probation violation.

Daniels was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Once at the detention center, it was discovered that Daniels was attempting to conceal what appeared to be more methamphetamine and was additionally charged by the jail.

Thomas is being held with no bond due to the probation violation, and Daniels is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.