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Traffic Stop Leads to Search Warrant - Couple Arrested for Multiple Drug Charges

Date of News Release: 06/14/2017

OWENSBORO, Ky. (June 12, 2017) - Kentucky State Police conducted a traffic stop on Ralph Avenue in Owensboro at 11:54 pm on a suspicious vehicle that was pulled to the side of the road. The trooper identified the operator as Gordon E. Cline, 41, of Owensboro. During the course of the investigation, Cline was found to be in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, and multiple prescription medications. Cline was also found to be in possession of, and concealing, several large knives and swords. It was also discovered that Cline is a convicted felon.

Further investigation of the stop led KSP troopers, deputies with Daviess County Sheriff's Department and Owensboro Police Department officers to an apartment in the 1500 block of Richbrooke Trace where a search warrant was executed. At this residence, Ashley E. Hatfield, 33, of Owensboro was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Cline and Hatfield were arrested without incident and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center.

Cline was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense methamphetamine >2grams, 3 counts of possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense drug unspecified, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 oz, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon by a prior deadly weapon felony offender.

Hatfield was charged with possession of methamphetamine 1st degree 1st offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to notify address change to the department of transportation.

KSP troopers were assisted by the Daviess County Sheriff's Office and Owensboro Police Department.

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