ATV stop leads to drug charges

Published 5:39 pm Thursday, October 6, 2022


What started as a simple stop for operating an ATV on a roadway ended with a host of drug- and traffic-related charges.

On Oct. 4, Middlesboro Police Lt. Barry Cowan stopped Joshua Sutton for operating an ATV on the roadway. Once stopped, Sutton fled on foot, Cowan said. After a short foot pursuit Lt. Cowan was able to apprehend Sutton. Lt. Cowan found a amber-colored pill bottle on Sutton that contained a rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. 

Email newsletter signup

Lieutenant Cowan also found one tied-off plastic baggie that contained a dark, powdery substance believed to be heroin. Another plastic baggie was also found that contained a white, powdery substance and a orange powdery substance that have been sent to the Kentucky State Police lab for analysis.

Cowan also found $3,148 in cash on Sutton that was seized into evidence.

Sutton was charged with an ATV violation, fleeing or evading on foot and two counts of trafficking of a controlled substance. Cowan was assisted by Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson as well as officers Bucky Harris, Hunter Marcum and Jacob Quillen.