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Traffic stop uncovers suspected meth and guns

Two Pulaski County men arrested

Voice Staff Report

McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reported a routine traffic stop for lack of tail lamps led to the discovery of four weapons including three loaded handguns and a rifle, suspected drugs valued on the street at $27,000, and the arrest of two Pulaski County individuals. 

On December 27, 2021 at 3:00 a.m., Sheriff Randy Waters received a call to assist Deputy Dustin Ridner. While on Shirt Factory Road, McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Ridner observed a 2006 blue Honda Civic traveling with no tail lamps.  When Officer Ridner stopped the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle could not produce an operator’s license. Officer Ridner confirmed an adult passenger in the vehicle had two warrants for him in Pulaski County and placed the passenger, twenty-nine year old Brinton Rollins of Somerset, KY, under arrest.  Additionally, Officer Ridner confirmed the operator, thirty-one year old Justin E. Ridner of Nancy, KY, as a known convicted felon and placed him under arrest.  Three juveniles were also passengers in the vehicle.   Officer Ridner found a large quantity of a white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine, loaded handguns, a rifle, marijuana, and a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine.

All of the suspected meth was weighed at the Sheriff’s Department and weighed in at approximately 270 grams.  The suspected drugs were sent to a lab for analysis.

Justin E. Ridner (operator) was charged with nine counts including:  Trafficking in Controlled Substance (1st Degree, 1st offense, > or = 2 GMS methamphetamine), Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, No Operator’s License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Ins/Sec, 1st Offense, No Tail Lamps, and Persistent Felony Offender 1.

Brinton Rollins (adult passenger) was charged with three counts including:  Trafficking in Controlled Substance (1st degree, 1st offense, > or = 2 GMS Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia (Buy/Possess).

Rollins and Ridner were transported and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The male juveniles were turned over to Mother and Grandmother.

Photo courtesy MCSO

Sheriff Randy Waters and Deputy Dustin Ridner with the suspected methamphetamine and guns recovered during the traffic stop.

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