December 13, 2012

Wreck results in pill seizure

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A chance fender-bender in the parking lot of the Corbin Walmart resulted in the discovery of numerous prescription pills and cash by one of the victims in the accident.

According to Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo, the female driver of a sliver Honda with Alabama tags was backing out of a parking spot around 10 p.m. Saturday when she collided with another vehicle that was also backing out from an adjacent parking spot.

When Deputy Kirk Mays arrived at the scene, he determined the driver of the silver Honda was under the influence of narcotic drugs. The woman, 47-year-old Paula Vines of Westside Road in Brookwood, Ala., admitted she had taken Xanax and oxycodone pills earlier. A search of Vines’ vehicle resulted in the discovery of assorted prescription pills that included 25 Adderal, 24 Methadone, and 161 Xanax, all of which were in unmarked pill bottles.

Vines also had a bottle containing Oxycodone pills prescribed to her husband.  The prescription had been filled three days prior but was missing 39 pills of the amount listed on the prescription bottle.

Cash inside the vehicle totaled nearly $1,000 although Vines told Mays she did not know the exact amount. She had business cards from 27 different pain clinics, none of which were in Kentucky, although Acciardo said that Vines had relatives living in the Barbourville area.

Vines was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree and third-degree, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on those charges on Dec. 18.  A preliminary hearing is held when evidence indicates that a felony offense could have been committed.

Vines was also charged with driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and failure to surrender a suspended driver’s license. She is set for a pretrial conference in Laurel District Court on Dec. 18 on those charges as well.

Jail records indicate that Vines was held under a $2,500 cash bond but was released from the Laurel County Detention Center after spending nearly 20 hours in jail.

Deputy Brett Reeves assisted with the investigation of the accident and the arrest. Detective Jason Back is continuing the investigation surrounding the prescription pills.