Drugs and cash seized, two arrested
Voice Staff Report
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reported that on Monday evening, July 26, 2021, Deputy Stuart Bryant observed a Black Chevy Tahoe with a registration plate that did not belong to the vehicle. Deputy Bryant initiated a traffic stop on north US HWY 27 Whitley City and was joined by Kentucky State Police Troopers Harrison Wells and Shaler Jones and Deputy Josh Goodin.
Rowdy Rose, the driver of the vehicle, was wanted on an active indictment warrant issued by the McCreary Circuit Court and placed under arrest without incident. Rose gave the officers consent to search his vehicle where they found approximately 52.1 grams of a rock crystal substance, 24.7 grams of a gray substance and a large quantity of cash. Ashley Martin, a passenger in the vehicle, was also found to have about 8 grams of a rock crystal substance inside a small black pouch, which the officers had observed her trying to conceal. Martin was placed under arrest without incident. A total of roughly 84 grams of suspected drugs were seized. The street value of a gram of methamphetamine is estimated to be an average of $150 per gram.
Rowdy W. Rose, age 25, of Stearns, KY was charged by KSP Trooper Wells for the alleged offenses of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense over 2 GMs Methamphetamine, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense, Improper display of registration plates, No registration receipt, No registration plates, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, 1st offense, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license, Failure to wear seat belts, Possession of a Controlled substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (methamphetamine).
Ashely R. Martin, age 38, of Whitley City, KY was charged by MCSO Deputy Stuart Bryant for the alleged offenses of Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (over 2 grams methamphetamine), Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st Offense. Both Martin and Rose were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Rowdy Rose was indicted by the Grand Jury on June 28, 2021 for allegedly committing the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense by having in his possession a quantity of Methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance on or about November 8, 2020.
The Kentucky State Police and the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation.