IPD makes drug arrest

Published 10:19 am Friday, September 26, 2014

A traffic stop turned foot chase resulted in a Coal Grove man behind bars and more drugs off the street early Thursday morning.

Officers with the Ironton Police Department arrested James Bailey, 34, of 704 Lane St., at about 2:20 a.m.

Detective Joe Ross said officers stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of Delaware Street near Ironton Elementary School. Bailey allegedly fled on foot but was apprehended.

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The man was charged with possession of drugs, Alpha-PVP, resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Bailey was arraigned Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court. A $15,000 bond was set and attorney Warren Morford was appointed to the case. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 2 for a preliminary hearing.

“We’ve had a lot of complaints down in that area,” Ross said. “He was stopped right across from Ironton Elementary School.”

Ross said Alpha-PVP is a growing concern in the city because more people are using it and current probation drug tests do not indicate the substance in urine screens.

“We consider it a synthetic bath salt,” Ross said. “It is very prevalent in the city now.”

IPD Capt. Mark Wilson, Sgt. Brian Pauley and PTR John Hammonds were credited with the bust.