Deputies possibly find 23 grams of crystal meth

A Corbin man is facing his third case of possession of methamphetamine after Knox County Sheriff’s deputies found 23 grams (.811 ounces) of suspected crystal methamphetamine along with assorted drug paraphernalia in his car Saturday night.

According to Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputy Sidney Wagner arrested 37-year-old Carl E. Ruppe in a field near Spider Creek Road off of Standard Ave.

Smith said Wagner saw the vehicle near a field and stopped to investigate.

“He stated he had pulled over to fix a headlight,” Wagner stated in the arrest citation. “While speaking with him I noticed he had slurred speech and dilated pupils. He also had marks on his arms consistent with an IV drug user.”

“After checking the vehicle Deputy Wagner located a glass pipe that was still warm and containing residue of suspected meth,” Smith stated.

Wagner also found the suspected crystal meth, several Neurontin pills, several syringes, digital scales and plastic baggies inside the vehicle.

Ruppe was charged with public intoxication – controlled substance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine – third or greater offense, controlled substance prescription not in proper container and possession of drug paraphernalia.

When questioned by Wagner, Ruppe reportedly said he had lost his job and started trafficking in crystal methamphetamine to make money.

In addition to the drug-related charges, Ruppe was charged with one count of parole violation.

Wagner also arrested the passenger in the vehicle, 33-year-old Kelly G. Colter of Corbin on one count of public intoxication – controlled substance and on a Knox County bench warrant for failure to pay fines on charges of public intoxication and shoplifting, and a Laurel County bench warrant for failure to pay fines on charges of first-degree criminal trespassing, theft of a motor vehicle license plate, license to be in possession and no insurance.

As Wagner continued the investigation, Smith said he developed information that led to the arrest of 30-year-old Jason McVey of Bimble at a nearby store.

McVey was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ruppe remains in the Knox County Detention Center.