Early Wednesday morning March 6, 2019 at 1:20am Middlesboro Officer Nick Capps stopped a black 2002 Chevy on Longwood Road for a license plate not illuminated.
Officer Capps made contact with the driver and after explaining the reason for the stop he states in the citation that he recognized the passenger 27 year old Jonathan S. Widener of Middlesboro. Capps goes on to state that he knew Widener had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Upon stepping to the passenger side of the vehicle Capps reports that Widener opened the door and had a digital scale hanging out of his right pocket. Upon confirming through dispatch that five warrants were active, Officer Capps arrested Widener.
Upon further search of Widener it was discovered he had an Altoid container with $100 cash inside, a distribution baggy, and then – with the assistance of Officer Joel Quillen – the two officers discovered a roll of toilet paper in his crotch area containing a baggy with a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine weigh approximately 24 grams along with an Oxycodone pill.
Jonathan Widener was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 1sdt offense greater than two grams – Methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense – drug unspecified, and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.
He was also served five bench warrants and is being held on a combined total cash bond of $5175.00