Middlesboro woman arrested on federal warrants

Published 1:26 pm Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Middlesboro woman remains in the Bell County Detention Center on both federal and local charges.

Rebecca Leighann Metcalf, 34, was arrested Wednesday on outstanding federal warrants and is also charged additionally with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An investigation by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office revealed Metcalf had outstanding warrants and Bell County Deputy Edward Dray along with Chief Deputy Doug Jordan located her in a parking lot in the area of U.S. 119 and U.S. 25E in Pineville.

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When the deputies made contact with Metcalf, she was immediately arrested but requested to go to the restroom. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Metcalf’s behavior led Dray to believe that she might be in possession of dangerous contraband.

Dray explained to Metcalf that additional felony charges would be incurred if she failed to turn over any dangerous contraband.

During transport she told the deputies that she had “Gabapentin and Xanax.”

When they arrived at the Bell County Detention Center, First Sergeant Katy Cox conducted a strip search of Metcalf. Cox located a small clear plastic bag which held a one-half round green tablet believed to be oxycodone, an oval orange tablet believed to be alprazolam, and nine oval white tablet believed to be gabapentin.

She was also served the federal warrant and a probation violation warrant.

Metcalf remains in jail and is being held with no bond.