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May 15, 2014

Routine traffic stop ends with drug bust

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A routine traffic stop on Saturday night ended in a major drug bust for a Kentucky State Police sergeant.

At approximately 10:50 p.m., KSP Sgt. Steve Walker observed a silver 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ignore a stop sign on Chapel Road in East Bernstadt, about eight miles north of London. The trooper stopped the vehicle on Arthur Ridge Road and began conducting a standard roadside interview.

During his investigation, Sgt. Walker determined that the driver, Mary K. Lucas of East Bernstadt, had “glossy eyes with dilated pupils” and “talked fast” while “estimating 30 seconds in 10 seconds, indicating her internal clock was fast.”

According to Walker's arrest report, Lucas admitted to taking Adipex, a medication she was not prescribed. She also admitted to taking methamphetamine for two prior days.

While continuing his investigation of the Monte Carlo, Walker discovered 38 grams of methamphetamine in three separate plastic bags.

According to a press release from Tpr. Lloyd Cochran, public affairs officer at Post 11, the amount of methamphetamine would have a street value of $11,700.

Denver Mays, Laurel County Constable in District 6 who aided Walker on scene, also discovered two glass pipes, one digital scale, 23 pills and seven pieces of Alprazolam as well as one Clonazepam pill. One glass pipe - along with dryer sheets - was found concealed in the center console of the Monte Carlo.

Lucas was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc., aggravated circumstances, first offense; disregarding a stop sign; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two grams or greater of methamphetamine, first offense; third-degree trafficking in a controlledunits greater than of an unspecified drug; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified; and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Heather Smith, the passenger of the vehicle, was also arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two grams or greater of methamphetamine, first offense; third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, 20 or more of an unspecified drug, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified; and buying  or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Steve Walker led the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP Tpr. Jason McCowan, Tpr. Chris Roberts, and Constable Denver Mays.

sbelzer@sentinel-echo.com

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