Police: Large amount of meth seized after traffic stop in Laurel County

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - During a traffic stop south of London Wednesday morning, the Laurel County Sheriff's Department, along with the London office of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), seized a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and charged three people with possession with intent to distribute of meth.

The traffic stop happened around 10:22 a.m. off Hwy. 770 after the Laurel County Sheriff's Department and the London DEA developed information on a large amount of crystal methamphetamine headed into Laurel County.

Police pulled over a 2004 Cadillac Escalade and found more than two pounds of crystal meth inside the vehicle.

"We found over two pounds of crystal methamphetamine. That's the biggest haul that I can think of in recent years for us at one time," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Police arrested and charged the driver of the vehicle, James L. Coulter, 39, of Louisville with possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Also arrested were Robert A. Thornsberry, 40, of Shepherdsville and Stephaine J. Richard, 32, of Lebanon Junction. Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

All three were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Since 2011, Deputy Acciardo says the Sheriff's Department has been cracking down on drugs in Laurel County. He says this recent drug bust adds to a list of successes.

"Of course we had the one-step meth labs back in those days. We put them out of business, but now crystal meth has come into our area. Any information that we can get from the public, we'll follow up on every single lead that we get," said Deputy Acciardo.




 
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