The holiday weekend ended on a sour note for three Somerset men who found themselves jailed on drug-related charges after a search of a home on Oxmoor Lane.
James Calahan Minnick, 27, and Joshua Wayne Meece, 34, both of Oxmoor Lane; and Joseph Marquis Strunk, 34, of Lincoln Street, were booked into the Pulaski County Detention Center late Monday night on charges of first-degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (at least 2 grams methamphetamine), Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Defacing a Firearm and first-degree Persistent Felony Offender.
Strunk is facing additional charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Failure to Appear. Minnick is also facing an additional charge involving an alleged probation violation.
The charges stem from a warrant check conducted at the residence by Constables Mike Wallace, Gary Baldock and Shane Haste, as well as Kentucky State Trooper Corey Jones.
Constable Wallace reported that he observed "crystal meth, digital scales and shells" lying on the counter and coffee table -- resulting in him applying for a search warrant.
When the officer went to execute the warrant, Strunk allegedly fled the scene and had to be run down by Wallace and Trp. Jones.
A search of the home allegedly uncovered more than 10 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, a defaced firearm and $180 in cash.
At press time, all three remained lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.