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Woman arrested following KSP K-9 search

A woman is facing charges, including possession of a controlled substance, after various drugs were allegedly found by a police canine.

Tonya Bingham, 31, of Flat Lick, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 14.

According to the uniform citation, Bingham was pulled over by Kentucky State Police troopers on U.S. 119 for allegedly not having her rear license plate illuminated. Bingham informed the trooper she did not possess her operator’s license.

A KSP canine handler deployed Canine Alex to sniff around the vehicle. The canine allegedly gave a positive alert to the exterior of the vehicle.

According to the citation, both the driver and the passenger exited the vehicle and stood at the front, near the hood. After searching the vehicle and continuing his investigation, the KSP trooper noticed a plastic bag between the two at their feet.

In the citation, the trooper said the bag contained several smaller baggies of various drugs, including marijuana, Xanax, Neurontin, buprenorphine, Clonazepam, and what the trooper suspected to be crystal methamphetamine.

Bingham was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), second- and third-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of marijuana, illegal possession of legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, rear license not illuminated and license to be in possession.

Bingham was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

In other police activity:

• Dennis Grubbs, 32, of Cawood, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 11. He was charged with second-degree burglary and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $4,000 bond with 10 percent bail credit;

• Joanna Harris, 41, of Corbin, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers on March 11. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), second-degree possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified) and prescription controlled substance without proper container. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a time served bond amount of $10,000;

• Joseph Owens, 30, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 20. He was charged with first-degree fleeing/evading police (on foot), fourth-degree assault resulting in minor injury (domestic violence), three counts of failure to appear and three counts of non-payment of fines. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Bobby Sexton, 37, of Letcher, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on March 20. He was charged with second-degree possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol, second-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), menacing and criminal littering. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on an unsecured bond of $7,000.