Pikeville man could get life for drug, gun charges

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pikeville man already facing numerous charges in Pike Circuit Court has now been indicted on federal charges.

Christopher Eugene Parsons

Christopher Eugene Parsons, 34, is now charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.

The charges stem from a search warrant executed at Parsons’s Road Creek residence back in November. At that time, three Pikeville Police officers — including the late Scotty Hamilton — allegedly found him in possession of crystal meth, oxycodone, suboxone and other drugs.

When police arrived, Parsons allegedly tried to run away, tossing away a loaded firearm as he fled. He was quickly apprehended and the gun was recovered. More drugs and guns were found inside his residence.

Police also discovered he had an indictment warrant against him for an altercation with officers back in August. At that time, officers had gone to his residence in search of another suspect, but were confronted by Parsons outside. He allegedly threatened and fought police despite multiple uses of a taser, before finally being subdued with a nightstick and arrested.

Parsons faces significant prison time if convicted on the new federal charges. The drug charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years, while the gun charge would add additional time of between five years and life in prison.

He is scheduled to appear in court April 23.