Turning from a checkpoint leads to arrest for a Middlesboro man for trafficking
From WRIL -
On Saturday night December 7, 2019 a short time before 8:30pm Middlesboro Police were conducting a pre-approved sobriety checkpoint in the Beans Fork area. Officer Chris Barnes states in a citation that he observed a vehicle turn around before the checkpoint.
The officer then initiated a traffic stop and after catching up to the vehicle he found that it had turned into and parked in a driveway with two males standing around it. Upon approaching the men, Officer Barnes states that he detected a strong odor of Marijuana coming from 28 year old Brandon Pritchard of Middlesboro.
Upon further search Barnes located a plastic container in Pritchard’s left pant pocket which had a clear distribution bag with 5.2 grams of Methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, another distribution bag, and a small bag of Marijuana.
Brandon Pritchard was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams – Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
The other individual was not found to be in violation of any laws and was free to leave.