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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A city man was arrested after Charleston officers observed a possible "narcotics sale" at 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Huck's gas station parking lot, local law enforcement says.

Trevor Pinkstaff, 19, of Charleston was then arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, 2.5-10 grams of cannabis and drug equipment following a traffic stop of the vehicle he drove at the time. Police officials say that charges include an intent to deliver meth, a controlled substance and cannabis.

Pinkstaff was also issued citations for not having a valid driver's license and operating an uninsured vehicle. Money was seized from Pinkstaff, and he was sent to the Coles County jail.

In a separate incident, Charleston police arrested Lucas Miner, 29, of Tuscola for possession of meth and drug equipment along with obstructing justice. Miner also had an arrest warrant against him for violating probation.

Law enforcement officials report that Miner was identified in the back passenger seat of a vehicle stopped by police at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Miner was already wanted for violating terms of his probation.

Police allegedly found drug equipment and meth on him at the time of the stop. According to law enforcement, Miner lied about his name at the time. Police officials noted that he provided the name of another man who was actually wanted at the time as well, "unbeknownst to Miner."

He was sent to the Coles County jail.



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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