November 21, 2012

Trespasser arrested for prescription pills

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — When law enforcement officials answer a complaint, they never know what situation they may walk in to.

Such as the case on Tuesday night when Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Grimes and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter responded to a well being check on Laurel Lake Road North, 14 miles south of London, around 7:35 p.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found 39-year-old Patti J. Bennett of Douglas Avenue in Corbin on the property. Bennett was allegedly trespassing on the property.

The investigation led the deputies to discover Bennett in possession of a clear plastic container with 30 pills inside.

Bennett was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing and prescription of controlled substances not in the original container. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center, but according to jail records, was released around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. She appeared in Laurel District Court on Wednesday and received a 360-day sentence for criminal trespassing. That charge was conditionally discharged for 24 months with the conditions that she have no further violations and no contact with being on the property.   On the second charge relating to the prescription pills, Bennett was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, which was conditionally discharged for 24 months on the condition that she enroll in an outpatient rehabilitation program.