Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies Charge Two in Parking Lot Drug Arrest


Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies reported that they recently arrested two individuals after receiving a disturbance complaint on a female subject in the parking lot of a local business.

When police arrived on the scene, they located the suspect, later identified as 22 year-old Rebecca Welch, exiting her vehicle. Officers determined that Welch was under the influence during this time.

According to the arrest citation, Welch attempted to conceal the identity of a male passenger in her vehicle. Deputies were able to determine that the male passenger, 20 year-old Ian Mounts, was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants.

Upon arrest, Welch and Mounts were found to be in possession of a substance suspected to be heroin and a large amount of cash. After she was placed in the patrol car, deputies observed Welch moving around in the backseat of the police car. Police then reportedly discovered that she had slipped out of her handcuffs and was attempting to conceal suspected methamphetamine in her possession.

Welch was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License, 2nd Degree Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin), 1st Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Tampering with Physical Evidence, and 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct.

Mounts was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin). Additionally, he was charged on a Laurel Circuit Court bench warrant of arrest charging probation violation regarding charges of 2nd Degree Robbery, 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500 or more but under $10,000).

According to police, Welch became belligerent and began yelling and cursing at officials while being processed at the Sheriff’s Office.