Augusta police make drug arrests

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

AUGUSTA — Drug-related arrests were made by the Augusta Police Department in two separate incidents recently.

According to Augusta Police Chief Matt Jones, during one occasion, Augusta Police Officer Charles Blackmar witnessed what he believed to be a burglary in progress.

Blackmar detained Melanie Bertram, 45, whom he believed was committing the alleged burglary and during the investigation, uncovered drug-related items, including a syringe.

“The syringe is loaded with what is believed to be methamphetamine,” Jones said. “The subject was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

Bertram was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center and has since been released.

In a second event, Jones located a suspicious person in a parked vehicle in Augusta.

After an investigation, and a search of the vehicle, Christy Cox, 39, was arrested on drug related charges.

“The subject was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, (methamphetamine), third-degree possession of controlled substance (pills) and possession of drug paraphernalia,” he said.

Cox was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center and was recently released.

Jones was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Bracken County Sheriff’s Office.

Christy Howell-Hoots

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