FLAT LICK — A traffic stop for failure to wear seat belts resulted in Kentucky State Police discovering counterfeit money and drugs in the vehicle Sunday night.
At 11:20 p.m. Trooper Jonathan Corey conducted a traffic stop on a silver Ford Fiesta at the Wildcat Market in the Flat Lick community of Knox County for failing to wear seat belts. Trooper Sidney Wagner assisted Corey with the traffic stop. Upon contact with the individuals inside of the vehicle it was determined both individuals were under the influence.
Corey determined the operator of the vehicle, Joshua Mills, 37, of Flat Lick was under the influence while operating the vehicle. Mills was charged with DUI — second offense, driving with a DUI suspended license, failure to surrender revoked operator’s license, no seat belt, no registration receipt, failure to notify address change to the Department of Transportation, drug paraphernalia, first-degree criminal possession of forged instrument, trafficking of marijuana less than 8 ounces — first offense and first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance — first offense (methamphetamine).
Wagner made contact with the passenger in the vehicle, Jonathan Bargo, 36, of Corbin and determined he was also under the influence. Bargo was charged with drug paraphernalia, first-degree criminal possession of forged instrument, trafficking marijuana less than 8 ounces — first offense, first-degree trafficking controlled substance — first offense and second-degree trafficking controlled substance — first offense.
During the traffic stop, troopers located $1,400 dollars in counterfeit bills, eight baggies containing marijuana, three baggies of crystal meth, one small bag containing Suboxone pills, digital scales and a pipe used for smoking meth.
Both individuals were arrested and lodged into the Knox County Detention Center.
Case is under investigation by Wagner.