By KYLE LOVERN
WARFIELD, Ky. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) arrested a pair of West Virginia men on drug charges after a routine traffic safety check.
The MCSD was conducting a traffic safety check at an intersection of Ky. Rt. 40 and Rt. 292 in Warfield.
A 1998 Jeep driven by Gilbert Horton of Holden, W.Va. and his passenger Ronald Stone of Williamson were driving through the check point. Deputies Dan Muncy and Doug Hinkle noticed a marijuana joint was on the dashboard.
After asking and receiving permission to search the vehicle, officers found four bags of marijuana in a black bag and three more bags under the spare tire. Additional amounts were located in the console of the vehicle.
“Approximately seven pounds of pot, with a street value of around $22,500 were kept off the streets, helping to insure the safety of our community,” said Sheriff Garmon Preece.
The two men were charged with trafficking marijuana of more than five pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were taken and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Preece assisted with the arrests and requests anyone who knows of illegal drug activity to contact the MCSD at 606-298-2828.