Shoplifting arrest leads to drug charge

By TJ Caudill - [email protected]

HAZARD — A Perry County man from the city of Hazard, who was originally arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart, faces a drug charge after Hazard Police Department (HPD) find a container with pills inside.

A citation made by HPD says that on Nov. 14, Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection Department contacted HPD after they say Joseph Sizemore, 32, of Hazard took an E-cigarette off of a shelf, opened them, and put the e-cigarette along with the USB charger in his front left pants pocket.

According to the citation, an employee of the Asset Protection Department stopped Sizemore after he pasted the last point of sale. The citation says that after taking the items out of his pants pocket, the e-cigarette and a silver container came out. Sizemore was place under arrest by HPD Officer Jessica Maggard.

The citation says that inside the silver container a was a white oblong pill that Poison Control identified as hydercodone. Another piece of pill was also inside, but Poison Control was unable to identify it, the citation says.

Sizemore was transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail, were he was lodged in.

He is facing charges of shoplifting less than $500, first-degree and first offense of possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance prescription not in original container.

He was released on a $5,000 surety bond with the conditions that he not to violate any local, state or federal laws, no contact with location of alleged offense and make all scheduled court appearances. He is also not allowed to return to Wal-Mart, and remain in custody for 24 hours from booking time before being released.

Sizemore’s next court date will be Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. in the Perry County District Courtroom.

TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

By TJ Caudill

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