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Felony Drug Arrest in Elkton, KY

Date of News Release: 05/16/2007

Elkton, KY (Todd County) - On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at approximately 10:35 p.m., Trooper Ben Sawyer and Deputy Bobby Miller responded to a complaint of a vehicle that had possibly crashed on KY 181 approximately 3 miles south of Elkton. Tpr. Sawyer and Deputy Miller made contact with the operator of the vehicle, James M. Castille age 34 of Hopkinsville, KY, as he was walking towards Elkton. As officers began to question Mr. Castille, they noticed that he was acting nervous. Mr. Castille was holding a shaving bag. He handed the bag to Deputy Miller and Tpr. Sawyer attempted to "pat down" Mr. Castille for weapons. At that time, Mr. Castille fled on foot and ran into a field. Tpr. Sawyer pursued him on foot and was able to apprehend Mr. Castille without further incident. Mr. Castille had dropped a handgun while being pursued by Tpr. Sawyer. A search of the shaving bag and the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected meth, drug paraphernalia and various items associated with the manufacturing process. Mr. Castille was charged with the following offenses:

  1. DUI
  2. Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  3. Carrying A Concealed Deadly Weapon
  4. Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense-Meth (Firearm Enhanced)
  5. Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor 1st Offense (Firearm Enhanced)
  6. Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree 1st Offense (On Foot)
  7. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd or Greater Offense (Firearm Enhanced)

He was lodged in the Christian County Detention Center.

TO ANONYMOUSLY REPORT ANY TYPE OF SUSPECTED ILLEGAL DRUG ACTIVITY, CITIZENS CAN CALL THE KSP TOLL-FREE DRUG TIP HOTLINE, 1-800-DOPETIP. THE HOTLINE IS ANSWERED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

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