After being arrested for a traffic violation on Interstate 65 in Jackson County on Saturday morning, a Kentucky man was arrested and sent to Jackson County Jail for drug and gun trafficking in fire.
Stephen Richards, 40, Bowling Green, Ky., Faces preliminary charges of manufacturing / selling methamphetamine of 10 grams or more, a level 2 felony; possession of a narcotic of 5 grams or less, a level 5 felony; possession of marijuana, a Class B offense; possession of paraphernalia, a Class C offense; and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.
The arrest was made during vacation patrols initiated by soldiers from the Versailles Indiana State Police station last weekend, according to a press release from Information Officer Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.
The incident that led to Richards’ arrest began just before 11 a.m. when Private Randel Miller performed a traffic check on a Nissan Altima traveling northbound on I-65 near the 54 mile post. north of Seymour.
Soldiers Jason Hankins and David Owsley also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
During a search of the vehicle, police said they found approximately 15 grams of suspected crystal meth, 8 grams of suspected marijuana, THC candy and fruit rolls, paraphernalia, prescription drugs and a drug. 9mm handgun.
Richards was identified as the driver, arrested and taken to Brownstown Jail at 12:26 p.m. He was being held without bond pending his initial appearance at Jackson Circuit Court.
A level 2 crime is punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison on conviction with an advisory sentence of 17 and a half years.