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Knox County Ky traffic stop for swerving nets an Ohio man for multiple drug trafficking charges

From the Knox County Ky Sheriff's Department -

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, Deputy Jesse Smith was patrolling the Moore Creek area and observed a black 2003 Ford Ranger swerving in the roadway. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle which finally pulled over in a driveway.


Deputy Smith states that upon contact with the driver, 63-year-old Dennis Baker of Piqua, Ohio, he could smell a strong odor of Marijuana and in plain sight was a set of digital scales along with a burnt glass smoking pipe. Also in plain sight was a clear plastic container with a crystal-like substance inside believed to be Methamphetamine.


After Baker was asked for and gave consent to search the vehicle, Deputy Smith located in the floor board a blue round pill believed to be Fentanyl. In the center console was found an orange jar containing what it believed to be Marijuana and in the passenger seat was a glass dish with a crystal-like substance and suspected Marijuana cigarette.


Dennis Baker was arrested and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center charged with Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 2nd offense of greater - greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st offense (Carfentanyl or Fentanyl derivatives), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) - 1st offense, careless driving, and buying/possession drug paraphernalia.

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