According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, an ongoing illegal drug trafficking investigation by Deputy James Barnett has resulted in a Monticello man being arrested.
The continued investigation led Deputy Barnett and Derek Dennis to work drug interdiction on East Kentucky 90 believing the Monticello man was going to Pulaski County to purchase illegal narcotics and returning to Wayne County for the resale of the illegal narcotic. The Deputies observed the vehicle traveling West on Kentucky Highway 90 and then conducted a vehicle traffic stop as it entered the city limits of Monticello. The driver of the vehicle was told of the drug investigation and then gave consent to a search of his person and of his vehicle. A search of the person resulted in a bag of a crystal substance being found. The driver was then placed under arrest for the illegal substance that was believed to be methamphetamine at that time. The Deputies also seized a total of $1522.00 in cash from the arrestee.
While processing paperwork at the Sheriff’s Office the crystal substance was tested using the Sheriff’s Office’s Tru-Narc Narcotic Analysis Equipment which tested positive to be methamphetamine. The substance had a total weight of 16 grams.
Deputy Barnett charged Rick S. Hughes of Monticello, Ky. for trafficking in a controlled substance-1st degree (greater than equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine).
Hughes was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.
The investigation is continuing by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.