Methamphetamine use continues to be an issue in the city of Providence, where police officers made the 37th meth related arrest in just 14 months over the weekend.

According to a release from PPD, Sergeant Carl Scheer was traveling on South Finley Street on Saturday when he observed a suspicious vehicle at the Shamrock Storage Units. When he turned around to investigate, the report says the vehicle left the parking lot. Officers report that the vehicle’s lisence plate was not illuminated and conducted a routine traffic stop.

Scheer and officer Isaac Frias say the driver of the vehicle was Michael Gray, 38 of Providence. He was reportedly driving on a suspended license.

A search of the vehicle revealed a glass methamphetamine pipe with meth residue inside located hidden in a glove. Gray told officers that he had forgotten about the pipe and that he hadn’t used since the day before.

Gray was arrested and charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

The suspect is currently out on bond awaiting trial after having been indicted by the Webster County Grand Jury for Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth), Possession of Synthetic, Possession of Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Poss.

Gray’s record includes 10 prior drug related convictions, three DUI convictions, two assault convictions, five Theft Convictions, six Operating of Suspended License convictions and a variety of other convictions including being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police, multiple Leaving the scene of an Accident convictions, and numerous other traffic and alcohol related convictions.

He is currently housed at the Webster County Jail.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069