Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

December 25, 2013

MTV show leads to arrests

By Leeann Akers - Editor

Dec. 25, 2013 — Kentucky State Police have arrested two individuals from Carter and Elliott counties after the airing of a reality television show.

KSP received a tip Dec. 10 from the Carter County Attorney’s Office which alerted authorities to the airing of a reality television show, “True Life: I'm addicted to pills.”

The episode had aired on Dec. 9 and captured numerous violations of law. 

The KSP, with the assistance of the county attorney’s office, began an investigation into the criminal activity shown on camera. 

During the episode individuals engage in trafficking and possession of controlled substances and also place juveniles in unsafe positions. Arrest warrants were obtained for Cortney J. Howard and David Robert Nickell.

On Dec. 20, Howard, 26, of Grayson, was arrested and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on charges of first degree possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, and theft by unlawful taking under $500.    

Nickell, 33, also of Grayson, was arrested and charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

“It is important to note that all citizens have a duty under Kentucky law to report the dependency, neglect, or abuse of a minor to law enforcement or to social services,” said Patrick Flannery via Facebook. “The Carter County Attorney's Office has been working with the Kentucky State Police on the 'MTV case' for the past week.”