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Not wearing a seat belt leads to a traffic stop revealing drugs and over $27,000 in cash

From the Bell County Ky. Sheriff's Department -

On Wednesday night October 26, 2022, during an approved checkpoint on Highway 217, Bell County K-9 Sgt. Adam Southern observed a 2002 black Chevy Impala with the driver 47-year-old Ronald Williams of Coldiron, not wearing a seatbelt.


Upon conducting a traffic stop, Williams failed to provide proof of valid insurance and a driver’s license. He was also seen continuously moving around inside of the vehicle, along with his passenger 66-year-old James Gilbert of Loyall, Ky., in what appeared to be an attempt to hide something. Sgt. Southern then asked Williams to exit the vehicle to conduct safety pat down. K9 Chan was then deployed and alerted to the driver side exterior door.

Sgt. Foster, Sgt. Southern, Chp Dorton & Chan

Also on scene was Sgt. Frank Foster who assisted in searching the vehicle where he located a small pistol tucked in between the driver’s seat/center console and a rifle laying in the back, across the floorboard.


Sgt. Southern then located a small bag of crystal substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a small bag of white powder believed to be Fentanyl, one syringe with residue, and $27,859.00 in cash loosely stuffed in a black bag and a Cheezit box.


Deputy Southern then confirmed through dispatch that both Williams and Gilbert were previously convicted of multiple felonies. Dispatch also confirmed the rifle to be stolen. Both men were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.


Ronald Williams was charged with buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, (2) two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense or greater (less than 2 grams – Methamphetamine), importing Carfentanil, Fentanyl, or Fentanyl Derivatives, receiving stolen property (firearm), failure to wear seatbelts, operating vehicle with expired operator’s license, no insurance. He was also served with a bench warrant for multiple motor vehicle violations.


James Gilbert was charged with buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, (2) two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking in controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd offense (less than 2 grams – Methamphetamine), and importing Carfentanil, Fentanyl, or Fentanyl Derivatives.


Also assisting during the incident was Bell County Chaplain Ricky Dorton.

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