By Greg Bird
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters is reporting the interception of a large quantity of marijuana and pills, as well as the arrest of the individual believed to be transporting the drugs as a result of an investigation and arrest Friday night.
Sheriff Waters stated his office started the investigation a week prior when he had received information about a possible drug shipment making its way to McCreary County. Officers had received a description of a vehicle believed to be carrying the drugs and were looking to intercept the reported car before it could reach its destination.
Saturday night Deputy Greg Chaney was performing traffic safety in the northern part of the county. Around 8:25 p.m. he observed the vehicle, described as a 2013 Camaro traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and passing another vehicle on the road. The speed detection radar unit indicated the vehicle was traveling at 166 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Beulah Heights Road.
The report states that as the deputy approached the vehicle he could detect a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the car. The occupants stated the passenger had smoked marijuana prior to being picked up in Somerset.
The driver, identified as Charles A. Rose, 24, of Pine Knot, was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed according to the citation. Rose was placed in custody and a search of the vehicle was performed. Deputies Cody Stephens and Terry Baker conducted the search. Locating a bag of over 250 pills in the driver’s side door pocket and a large duffel bag of packaged marijuana and salvia in the trunk. Additionally, nearly $4,000 in cash was recovered from behind the seats of the vehicle.
Sheriff Waters stated Approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and salvia were confiscated. The marijuana was sealed in shrink-wrapped bags, with some bearing manufacturing labels, as if they were obtained in a location where sale of the drug was legal. Some of the pills were identified as Hydrocodone, but the majority were unidentifiable and sent to a crime lab for testing.
Rose was charged with trafficking in marijuana, controlled substance prescription not in proper container, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in salvia, OUI, speeding, reckless driving and other traffic offenses.
He is being lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.