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No seatbelt in Middlesboro leads to a traffic stop yielding drugs and a handgun for Cave City man

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Kenneth Board - BCDC

On Sunday afternoon, January 24, 2021 a short time before 1:30 pm, Middlesboro Sgt. Barry Cowan made a traffic stop on northbound Highway 25E near Walmart on the driver of a 2018 blue Nissan for not wearing a seatbelt.


Upon contact with 61-year-old Kenneth Board of Cave City, Ky. Sgt. Cowan informed him of the reason for the traffic stop. Board’s behavior and lack of eye contact lead the officer to ask him to step out of the vehicle. The sergeant then asked if Board had anything illegal on him and had to keep pulling his hand away from his coat pocket several times.

Sgt. Cowan was given consent by Board to look inside the pocket he kept putting his hand inside, and it was given. Found in the pocket was (9) nine individually packaged bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. A further search of Board yielded $138.00 in cash.


A search of the vehicle revealed a bag in the back seat of the vehicle containing $1,000 in cash and a 9mm pistol.


Kenneth Board was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (greater than two grams – Methamphetamine) and failure to wear seatbelts.

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