April 22, 2014

Man arrested for marijuana


An everyday traffic stop resulted in an arrest on Wednesday as Kentucky State Police troopers teamed with their Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit and the London Police Department.

After stopping a red Toyota Camry for minor traffic violations on I-75 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Detective Ryan Loudermilk of KSP Post 11’s Criminal Interdiction Team noticed the driver – Nathan E. Valerius, 34, of Independence – was extremely nervous and evasive when questioned.

Det. Loudermilk called in a canine officer to search the vehicle, eventually finding three ounces of processed marijuana and almost $4,000 in cash. Three passengers in the car were minors.

Valerius was arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking marijuana and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. He remained at the Laurel County Detention Center until Thursday at noon, when he was released on a $5,000 surety bond.

Investigations are ongoing  by Det. Loudermilk. He was assisted at the scene by Tpr. Michelle Lunsford, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Duffy Sutton as well as members from the London Police Department.

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