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January 9, 2013

Motel drug dealer arrested

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — An unusual amount of traffic in and out of a southern Laurel motel room initiated an investigation and arrest of a London man early Saturday morning.

James Davis, 67, of Wagner Road in London now faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and endangering the welfare of a minor. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond following his arrest.

That arrest came when Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Brett Reeves and Deputy Kirk Mays went to the motel around 4:25 a.m. after receiving complaints of people coming and going from the motel room where Davis was located. Although Davis said he was a patient at a pain clinic in Tennessee, deputies discovered that he had received 150 Oxycodone pills on Jan. 3 but only had 22 left. Of 50 Xanax pills he received on the same day, only three were left.

Employees at the motel told deputies that there had been an unusual amount of traffic in and out of Davis’s motel room that night.

The investigation is being continued by Detective Jason Back. Investigations into illegal drug trafficking in the county will be continued by the sheriff’s office.