Pair arrested in Gate City on drug charges, child endangerment

Scott County police have arrested two people on drug and child abuse charges for allegedly doing methamphetamine around a toddler and a newborn.

On Jan. 24, officer Steve Smith with the Scott County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Bethany Street in Gate City for a welfare check.

When he arrived, he spotted a smoking pipe commonly used to smoke crystal meth lying in plain view around two young children, aged three weeks and 2-years-old.

Smith obtained written consent from the lease holder to search the home, where he found Kayla Barnes, 22, of Kingsport, and Samuel Pressley, 31, of Georgia.

In a back bathroom, Smith located a small baggie of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth, as well as other paraphernalia.

Barnes allegedly admitted to the officer she had smoked meth earlier in the day. Smith stated in his report he also found pieces of a pill in Barnes' belongings that Barnes claimed was Subutex.

Barnes and Pressley are the mother and father to the children found in the home.

Both were arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Barnes picked up an additional charge of possession of schedule III drugs for the pill found in her belongings.

They were both taken to the Duffield Regional Jail, where Pressley was interviewed the next day. During the interview, officer Clint Johnson witnessed a small plastic baggie fall out of Pressley's jacket pocket.

The baggie was seized and allegedly containted methamphetamine. Pressley picked up additional charges of possession of schedule II drugs and unlawful possession by a prisoner.


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