Pineville officer’s traffic stop leads to a federal guilty plea involving meth and a gun
From WRIL -
The United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Kentucky announced that on Monday October 7, 2019 23-year-old Dylan Kenneth Brewer of Wallins Creek, plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of Methamphetamine and also possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins.
As WRIL reported, on On July 13, 2019 Pineville Police Officer Brandon Hollingsworth stopped an SUV that Brewer was operating on Highway 66 after he saw the vehicle swerving on the roadway. After not providing a license or insurance, Brewer was found to have five outstanding warrants.
Upon a search of the vehicle Officer Hollingsworth located a baggie with crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine between the driver’s seat and center console. Also found in the center console was a clear baggie containing Marijuana. A further search revealed two larger baggies with a larger amount of a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine along with a pistol inside a speaker box. The weight of the contents was approximately 4.25 pounds.
At the time, Brewer was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, and no operator’s license. He was also served four pay or stay warrants, and a warrant for possession of controlled substance and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
The case was handed to the Appalachian Narcotics Investigations which lead to the indictment of an individual in Harlan County on drug trafficking charges.
He was released on bond on those charges on July 25, 2019. Brewer was then federally indicted.
WRIL also reported that on Friday August 16, 2019 Sheriff Bob Brooks, detectives and deputies from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department served a federal indictment at a residence on Providence Road in Cumberland Gap, TN.
Upon officer’s arrival, Brewer fled on foot into a neighboring property and after a brief search Brewer was taken into custody without further incident. A search of the residence Brewer was staying in revealed approximately a half ounce of what is believed to be methamphetamine for resale and seized over $2,800 in drug proceeds.
It was determined during the investigation that Brewer had been obtaining methamphetamine in Georgia and traveling to Harlan County to distribute it.
Brewer faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, with a maximum of life, and a maximum fine of $20 million, but the sentencing hearing has not yet been set.