Traffic stop leads to drug charges


Over $36,000 cash seized

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Photo submitted Police said they confiscated a large amount of cash and suspected drugs resulting from a traffic stop on Sunday.


Charles Gilbert


A man is facing multiple charges stemming from a search that allegedly located a large amount of drugs and cash after his vehicle was pulled over in Bledsoe.

Charles J. Gilbert, 62, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Sunday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Taylor Mills.

According to the citation, Mills observed a vehicle being driven by Gilbert traveling east on KY 221 in Bledsoe cross the center line and travel in the opposite direction of traffic. Mills turned on his emergency lights and Gilbert stopped abruptly in the middle of the road. Mills told Gilbert to pull over to the side of the road and exit the vehicle. Once Gilbert exited the vehicle, Mills noticed a clear plastic baggie with a knot tied in it sitting next to the driver seat. Mills asked Gilbert if he had taken any medication or if he was prescribed any medication, and Gilbert said he was not prescribed any medication and had not taken any. Gilbert failed a sobriety test, and a search of his vehicle was performed. The search yielded a large amount of prescription medication tablets and over $36,000 in currency. A small amount of a leafy green substance was also found. Gilbert was read his Miranda Rights, and declined to speak to Kentucky State Police.

Gilbert was charged with reckless driving, improperly on left side of road, failure to wear seat belt, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, acquiring property from income from trafficking a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.

In other police activity:

• Chad Nolan, 22, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford on Monday. He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of synthetic drugs and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Ricky Austin Britt, 19, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell on Monday. Britt was charged with theft by unlawful taking from vehicle under $500 and tampering with physical evidence. He was lodge in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Rebecca Faye Combs, 28, of Evarts, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Carlock on Saturday. She was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia. Combs was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.

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Photo submitted Police said they confiscated a large amount of cash and suspected drugs resulting from a traffic stop on Sunday.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Drug-money.jpgPhoto submitted Police said they confiscated a large amount of cash and suspected drugs resulting from a traffic stop on Sunday.

Charles Gilbert
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Charles-Gilbert.jpgCharles Gilbert
Over $36,000 cash seized

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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