According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, a vehicle traffic stop has led to the arrest of a Wayne County man on multiple drug trafficking charges and the obtainment of a search warrant for his residence.
On June 25, 2022, at approximately 6:43 pm Deputies Jerry Coffey and Derek Dennis conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation on Albertson Street in Monticello, Ky. After contacting the driver, the Deputies learned that the driver was operating on a suspended operator’s license. A search of the driver and his vehicle resulted in approximately 10.5 grams of methamphetamine, 19 Alprazolam tablets, a set of digital scales, 2 glass smoking pipes commonly used in illegal narcotic use, other drug paraphernalia items, and a radio that sends or receives police messages.
Deputy Dennis charged and arrested Eric Wallen of Monticello, Ky. for trafficking in a controlled substance-1st degree (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance-3rd degree (drug unspecified), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession/use of a radio that sends/receives police messages, driving on a suspended or revoked operator’s license and a traffic violation.
A continued investigation into the number of illegal narcotics seized from the traffic stop led Deputy Dennis in obtaining a search warrant for the arrestee’s residence on Missionary Lane. At approximately 8:59 pm Deputies Dennis, Coffey along with Deputies Allen Cash and Nick Bertram executed the search warrant. The search warrant resulted in 20 ½ Buprenorphine tablets, 32 Gabapentin tablets, 37 ½ Alprazolam tablets, 1 Clonazepam tablet, 4 Hydrocodone tablets, a plastic bag containing several pieces of unknown tablets, and a small bag of methamphetamine being seized.
Deputy Dennis charged and arrested Eric Wallen for trafficking in a controlled substance -1st degree (less than 10 opiates), trafficking in a controlled substance-2nd degree (greater than or equal to 20 drug unspecified, scheduled), trafficking in a controlled substance-3rd degree (greater than or equal to 20 but less than or equal to 120 drugs unspecified) and possession of a controlled substance-1st degree (methamphetamine).
Wallen was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.