By Eugenia Jones
A Monday night (March 21, 2022) traffic stop for failure of a passenger to wear a seat belt led to the discovery of a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and the arrest of four individuals from Laurel County on drug-related charges.
Photo courtesy of MCSO
Earlier this week, McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters, McCreary County Deputies Stuart Bryant and Dylan Brown, and KSP Trooper Harrison Wells arrested and charged four individuals on various counts including drug trafficking.
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reports Deputy Stuart Bryant observed a passenger not wearing a seat belt riding in a 2000 silver Buick LeSabre. After initiating a traffic stop of the vehicle at Pine Knot Cemetery Road, Deputy Bryant discovered the driver, 47 year old Sam D. Hodge of London, KY, was driving the vehicle without a valid operator’s license. Additionally, Hodge reported a relative’s social security number as his own license number.
Subsequently, officers discovered both backseat passengers, forty-six year old Jerry Ray Mosley and thirty-five year old Michael Loudermilk, had warrants on them. When Mosley exited the vehicle, officers discovered a large amount of a crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine (70 grams) in two zip bags, one of which was open and spilling out onto the seat between Mosley and Loudermilk. Another bag with two grams of the crystal like substance and one Percocet pill was also discovered. Mosley also had a large amount of cash on him at the time of his arrest. A fourth individual, thirty-eight year old Alecia Beth Rains of Corbin (Laurel County), was found to have a glass pipe containing a crystal like substance. Kentucky State Police Trooper Harrison Wells, who assisted with the arrests, tested the substance with his Trunarc instrument and identified the crystal like substance as methamphetamine. None of the individuals claimed ownership of the substance.
Sam D. Hodge was arrested and charged with (1) Serving Parole Violation Warrant (2) Failure to Appear (3) Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Over 2 Grams Methamphetamine) (4) Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License (5) Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence (6) Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) (7) Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess and (8) Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent.
Sam D. Hodge
Jerry Ray Mosley was arrested and charged with (1) Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Over 2 Grams Methamphetamine) 1st Offense (2) Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 2nd Offense-Drug Unspecified and (3) Serving Parole Violation Warrant.
Jerry Ray Mosley
Michael Loudermilk was arrested and charged with (1) Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Over 2 Grams Methamphetamine) (2) Failure to Appear (3) Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition Contents from Vehicle $1,000 but less than $10,000 (4) Burglary, 1st Degree and (5) Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.
Alecia Beth Rains was arrested and charged with (1) Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Over 2 Grams Methamphetamine) and (2) Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
Alecia Beth Rains
All four individuals were transported and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters, McCreary County Deputies Stuart Bryant and Dylan Brown, and Kentucky State Trooper Harrison Wells responded to the incident.