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Appalachia Narcotics Investigations arrests Cawood man on drug trafficking charges near a school

From the Appalachia Narcotics Investigations -

Bethel Stewart - HCDC

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, an investigation by Appalachia Narcotics Investigations and Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, led to the arrest of a Cawood man and search of the residence. 60-year-old Bethel Stewart of Cawood, was arrested on warrants from a previous drug investigation.


During the search of Stewart’s residence, approximately 291 grams of suspected crystal Methamphetamine, 43 grams of suspected Marijuana, and 98 suspected Suboxone and Clonazapam pills were discovered. Also found was over $2,000 and a shotgun. The street value of the drugs seized is over $31,000.

Stewart was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center charged with several felony offenses including trafficking in a controlled substance - 1st degree (Methamphetamine), trafficking in a controlled substance - 1st degree (Fentanyl), trafficking in a controlled substance - 1st degree (drug unspecified), two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree, trafficking in a controlled substance - 3rd degree, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency narcotics investigations unit consisting of detectives from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department and, the Kentucky State Police.

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