Public intoxication leads to drug arrest

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By Charlotte Underwood

Being publicly intoxicated at the Cash Express didn’t pay off for a LaFollette man.

On Feb. 8, Jacksboro Police Detective Mike Starrett was dispatched to the Cash Express on the report of an intoxicated man, the arrest report said. After arriving, Starrett found James Kenneth Bale II, to allegedly be under the influence of an unknown drug.

Starrett said he also found that Bale had allegedly thrown away a cigarette box with white residue on clear tape inside the box, according to the arrest report. Bale had also allegedly hidden a clear plastic bag with a green plant substance inside the back seat of the patrol car, Starrett’s report said.

Bale was transported to the county jail where he was later released. His court date is set for Feb. 19.