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Shoplifting leads to drug arrest

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More than $5,000 in cash, needles and pills were recovered from a vehicle after a Whitley City man was arrested for shoplifting.

By Greg Bird

An accused shoplifter got more than he bargained for after officers found drugs and cash in his vehicle following his arrest Thursday.

According to McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters, Adam Eric Watson, 34, of Whitley City, is facing several charges after he reportedly attempted to shoplift some mixing oil from Big M Discount.

The arrest citation states Watson was observed trying to conceal about 2.5 gallons of mixing oil in his pants. Deputies Alex Jones and Larry Lewis confronted the suspect in the store, who allegedly refused their commands and threw himself around, causing the deputies to crash in to the store shelves. Once restrained, Watson reportedly had slurred speech and admitted to taking three Oxycodone pills that day.

Watson asked if he could place money in his vehicle for his mother, who was to pick up the car, and to cover up a shotgun in the passenger seat with a jacket. As Deputy Jones moved the jacket he discovered a large quantity of syringes. A further search of the vehicle turned up $5,480 in cash, 66 syringes and a prescription bottle of Oxycodone. The prescription had been filled three days prior for 120 pills, but upon discovery only 34 remained from the prescription.

Watson was charged with shoplifting, trafficking in a controlled substance, public intoxication of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, menacing, assault on an officer and fraudulent use of an ID card.

He was lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center and additional charges could be pending.

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