HAZARD — An Oneida man was arrested in Hazard this week for possession and other charges after police say he was shopping at local pharmacies in an attempted to buy a well-known meth ingredient.
Hazard Police Officer B.J. Caudill allegedly witnessed a man later identified as 28-year-old Ralph J. Hoskins, of Clay County, attempting to buy pseudoephedrine at the Medicine Shoppe on the Ky. 15 bypass. When he was told they would not sell it to him he became upset, according to the arrest citation, and that’s when Caudill saw Hoskins go to the nearby CVS and attempt to buy the medicine there.
Pseudoephedrine is the only ingredient in methamphetamine that cannot be substituted. Because of that, restrictions were placed on how much one person can buy in a month, and stores reserve the right not to sell the medication.
HPD Officer James East later arrived at the CVS and located Hoskins, whom he described as having slurred speech.
When Hoskins was searched, police say he was found to be in possession of a metal pill container wrapped in black tape. The pills inside were identified as Percocet, and according to the citation, Hoskins admitted that the pills were his. After he was arrested, police reported finding rolling papers and marijuana as well, while what appeared to be a crushed pill was also sent off for identification.
A woman in the car with Hoskins was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Jessica Arnett, 34, also of Oneida, failed a sobriety test and was found to be in possession of a container with pills inside, police allege.
The pills were identified as Lortab, and Arnett was also alleged to have been in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hoskins was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and was also served with a warrant from a prior charge.
Arnett was charged with public intoxication, third-degree possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Hoskins and Arnett could face further charges pending the analysis of items sent to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab. They were both taken to the Kentucky River Regional Jail.