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Traffic Stop On I-75 Lead to Drug Arrest

Date of News Release: 07/15/2012

(LONDON, KY.) - On Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, Criminal Interdiction Team stopped a Toyota, Camry, passenger car for a traffic violation on I-75 in Rockcastle County.

MarijuanaDuring the course of the traffic stop officers developed a reasonable suspicion that unlawful activity was occurring and received consent to search, discovering approximately one (1) pound of Marijuana and one-half (1/2) ounce of Cocaine hidden inside the vehicle. The driver Joshua A. Ruch, 27, of Newton, NC was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to < 5 lbs), CocaineTrafficking in a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess, DUI and other traffic offenses.

A passenger in the vehicle, Jennifer N. Starnes, 27, Conover, NC, was also arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to < 5 lbs), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess.

Both were lodged in the Rockcastle County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police, Post 11, Criminal Interdiction Team members are: KSP Trooper Scottie Pennington (arresting officer), KSP Troopers Mike King, Ryan Loudermilk, Jason McCowan and KSP Sergeant Lafe Owens.

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