The Joker:

11/30/18 Detective Joe Holder along with Sgt. Barry Cowan, Officers Kenny Vanover and Harvey Johnson serve a search warrant on a downtown Middlesboro Business know as “Cowboy’s” Thrift shop on 20th street just South of Cumberland Avenue. According to the Press release, Hydrocodone and Xanax pills here found as well as 3745.00 in cash. The raid was the result of informant information and undercover surveillance of the premises.

Mr. Ely “Cowboy” Hembree, 74 years old of Middlesboro was arrested and charged with:

Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree
Trafficking in Controlled Substance 3rd Degree/1st Offense
Trafficking in Controlled Substance 3rd Degree/1st Offense
No bonds are listed on the above charges.

According to the Police report, this is not Cowboy’s first rodeo. He’s been arrested 3 times on Drug dealing charges with his most recent conviction being in 2014. Sometimes Police Reports are too nice. According to the records on the Bell County Detention Center, Cowboy has been booked in 8 times on “Trafficking” charges as well as 1 time for “Contempt of Court, 1 time for “Promoting Gambling” and 1 time for “Possession of a gambling Device” dating all the way back to 1995.

The recent Kerfuffle over needles on Cumberland Avenue should help display how the likes of “Cowboy” are taking over Downtown. I mean really, who would rent a store to a known low life drug dealer like Cowboy? What did you expect to happen? I suppose getting rent money was more important than keeping the town clean. Obviously Cowboy don’t give a shit about your children, his children, anyone else’s children when he’s distributing poison in the community. One would think that a Downtown property owner would have some sense of community. I guess not.

I guess we should all be glad that Joe Holder and the MPD decided to do their job and take another baby killing drug dealer off the streets for a while before the sorry justice system lets them loose again. Thank You Detective Holder, Sgt. Cowan and Officers Vanover and Johnson. Believe it or not you do have a fan club out there.

Go Team Middlesboro !!!


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