The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office discovered 200 illegal prescription pills Thursday, after receiving information from a confidential source.

Shawn Keith Stehlin, 29, was arrested at his Cherry Avenue home after Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Mitchell found a large amount of OxyContin, hydrocodone and Xanax in a metal outbuilding on the property.

“There was also some scattered out the back door that (Stehlin) threw out when we arrived,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell also found a large, undisclosed amount of cash at Stehlin’s home.

After “the initial surprise of seeing us pull up,” Mitchell said Stehlin cooperated with police. He was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Mitchell was assisted by Sheriff Fred Yaden, other Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Charges on others are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Mitchell said he was happy to get Stehlin behind bars.

“We had not had any specific complaints on him himself, but we had some in the general area that I believe could have been him,” Mitchell said.

Stehlin is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash or $40,000 property bond.

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