Middlesboro Man with outstanding Arrest Warrants found with Drugs and Firearms taken into Custody at a Traffic Safety Checkpoint in Bell County, Kentucky


PINEVILLE, KY - The Bell County Sheriff's Department is reporting that on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic safety checkpoint at the intersection of Highway 217 and 988. During the operation a 1999 White Dodge Caravan approached the checkpoint with 28-year-old Eric Dustin Robbins of Middlesboro driving.

Sgt. Frank Foster knew that Robbins had outstanding warrants for his arrest, and he was taken into custody.

During a search of the vehicle, Sgt. Foster located a 22-caliber pistol on the driver’s side of the vehicle where Robbins had been seated. Also found in the vehicle was three shotguns, several rounds of ammunition, and a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana.

It was confirmed through Bell County Dispatch that Robbins is a convicted felon.

Eric Robbins was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with:

  • Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Marijuana

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Bell County Detention Center.

He was served four warrants, one of which was for possession of handgun by a convicted felon.

Also involved with the operation were K-9 Sgt. Adam Southern, Deputies Sampson Churchwell and Austin Poindexter, Chaplain Ricky Dorton, and KSP Trooper Josh Messer.


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