Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs talked with The Brazil Times Friday about witnessing a drug deal take place in plain view.
Off duty and in his personal vehicle, Skaggs had just stopped for gas at a local service station in Clay City and was waiting to turn onto State Road 59 when he witnessed suspicious activity in a store parking lot across the street.
"While I was waiting for traffic to pass, I saw three familiar individuals," Skaggs said about the incident that occurred on Main Street.
Julian A. Ley, 26, Heather D. Turpin, 20, both of Clay City, and an unidentified 15-year-old juvenile were apparently involved in some type of transaction.
When the road cleared, Skaggs said he pulled across the road, parked behind the two vehicles (blocking them in) and called for backup from the Clay County Sheriff's Department as the suspects continued what they were doing.
During questioning, Skaggs said the situation took a strange, yet humorous turn when the suspects attempted to "swap back the drugs and money in an effort to make things right" and stay out of trouble.
"It just doesn't work that way," Skaggs said.
The adult suspects were taken in to custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.
Turpin was preliminarily charged with dealing a controlled substance schedule 1, 2, 3.
They remain in custody at the CCJC awaiting formal arraignment and further court proceedings. The case file has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for official review.
The juvenile's information has also been turned over the prosecutor's office for review of the allegations of criminal activity in the matter and the filing of a potential summons to appear in juvenile court at a later date.
"I wasn't in my uniform," Skaggs said. "But that doesn't really matter, because a law enforcement officer is always on the job."
Ley and Turpin are currently incarcerated at the Clay County justice Center on $25,000, no 10-percent allowed, bonds.