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Sheriff’s office arrests several on drug charges

Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested individuals on methamphetamine charges after a traffic stop on Sunday. Tonya Gosnell, 44, of Dayhoit, was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

A passenger in the vehicle, Tommy Chasteen, 31, of Wallins, was also arrested and charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Harlan City Police Department.

Individuals were arrested after a traffic stop by the sheriff’s office just before midnight on Saturday. Deputies were on patrol in the Wallins area and observed a vehicle they had received drug complaints on. Through further investigation, two individuals in the vehicle were arrested on drug charges.

Michael Ayers, 29, of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Amanda Beeler, 27, of Middlesboro, was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), second-degree possession of controlled substance and third-degree possession of controlled substance.

On Sunday, deputies responded to a domestic complaint in Lynch. Upon arrival, they were advised that a female subject was inside and was refusing to leave. She had also busted out some windows inside the residence. When a deputy made contact with her inside the residence, she presented a weapon and became combative with the deputy. Mary Lee, 54, of Cumberland, was arrested and charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal mischief, menacing, disorderly conduct and obstruction/interference with an officer.

All subjects were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. Cases remain under investigation by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.