Drug Trafficking Arrest Following Traffic Stop

According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a vehicle traffic stop has led to the arrest of two Pulaski residents on drug trafficking on related charges.
On January 24, 2023, at approximately 12:47 am Deputies James Barnett and Allen Cash observed a 2004 Nissan SUV vehicle making a traffic violation while pulling onto East Kentucky Highway 90 from a local business. Once the Deputies contacted the male driver Deputy Barnett recognized his name has been mentioned in a drug investigation lately. Deputy Barnett then asked for permission to search the vehicle, but the driver refused. At that point, Deputy Barnett deployed his K-9 Deputy Lyon for a free air sniff around the vehicle. Deputy Lyon alerted the driver’s side door area for a positive presence of Illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Deputies then questioned both the driver and passenger about the positive alert for narcotics with them stating there was a marijuana cigarette inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in a digital scale laying in the driver’s side floorboard and a hypodermic needle in the driver’s seat. Under the steering wheel, a magnetic box was located which contained multiple hypodermic needles and 3 plastic bags containing a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine.. The female passenger stated she had some marijuana in a cigarette pack. Deputies then located a glass smoking pipe that contained illegal narcotics residue inside. The female then handed the Deputies a plastic bag containing a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Both driver and passenger were placed under arrest.
While the Deputies were processing paperwork on the arrestees at the Sheriff’s Office, all bags of the suspected methamphetamine was tested using the Tr-Narc Narcotic Analysis Equipment. The items tested positive for methamphetamine with a weight of 22.24 grams.
Deputy Barnett charged and arrested John Huffman of Bronston, Ky. for trafficking in a controlled substance-1st degree- 2nd offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and traffic violations. Deputy Cash charged and arrested Elizabeth Maddox of Bronston, Ky. for possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Huffman and Maddox were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
The investigation is continued by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Amanda Phillips of Monticello, Ky. on a Wayne County Circuit Court Indictment Warrant of Arrest for theft by unlawful taking or disposition and persistent felony offender-1st degree.
Nathanial Neeley of Monticello, Ky. was arrested on a Wayne County District Court Complaint Warrant of Arrest for terroristic threatening-3rd degree.
Phillips remained in the Wayne County Detention Center. Neeley was released from custody after posting a Bond.