Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Drug Arrest After Traffic Stop
Date of News Release: 12/23/2011
(Elizabethtown, Ky.) –- On Wednesday December 21, 2011 at approximately 11:59 pm ET, Tpr. Daniel Leonard stopped a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 65 in Hardin County. Tpr. Manny Cruz assisted on the stop. A strong odor of marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle. A consensual search was conducted which resulted in the seizure of over 12 ounces of processed marijuana as well as over $4,900 in cash. The driver, James L. Guthrie III, 24 years of age from Stone Mountain, GA, was arrested and charged with DUI 1st, Speeding, Trafficking in Marijuana greater than 8 oz., and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.