By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Two Ohio men arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking after a traffic stop Monday appeared in Laurel County District Court for their arraignment Wednesday.
Burke W. Webb, 52, and Calvin C. Caldwell, 54, both of Mansfield, Ohio, stood before Judge John Paul Chappell to face first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance charges.
Chappell scheduled both men for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and were placed under a $10,000 cash bond each.
Kentucky State Trooper First Class Don Trosper said the KSP Post 11 Criminal Interdiction Team stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Astro work van along I-75 for various traffic violations.
Webb was reportedly driving the van, and Caldwell was the passenger. Both were questioned by officers during the stop.
Trosper said the two men could not produce identification and added the pair each offered conflicting accounts as to their travel history.
That led to further investigation by officers, who dispatched a K-9 unit on the scene to check out the van. The drug dog located 869 Oxycodone pills hidden in the van’s dashboard, according to Trosper, and Caldwell was also allegedly in possession of “a large amount” of cash.
KSP Sgt. Lafe Owens arrested the two men. Others assisting in the stop were troopers Ryan Loudermilk, James Moore and Jason McCowan.
Burke remained jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center at press time, however, Caldwell bonded out shortly after Wednesday’s court hearing.