Monticello trucker arrested after tips lead to drug bust

November 26, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The driver of a semitrailer was arrested in the city limits Saturday morning when a police investigation allegedly uncovered four plastic bags of methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana, a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and a variety of drug paraphernalia.

According to police reports, Steven Ray Blevins, 39, of Monticello, was driving a tractor-trailer for Blevins Trucking, a privately-owned shipping business, when he was stopped in Stanford en route to the Garrard County Stockyards in Lancaster.

He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of intoxicants and driving a commercial motor vehicle on a suspended commercial license.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer Shawn Hines and Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Willie Skeens worked in conjunction with vehicle enforcement officer Travis Rogers, Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Ron Luster, state Troopers Clyde Bertram and Bill Collins and state police canine handler Lafe Owens in the investigation.


"Lancaster PD contacted us about a month ago and said an arrest they had made gave them information about Blevins," said Hines.

"About a week ago, another informant at Somerset Stockyard called and said that they had seen him (allegedly) trafficking at the stockyard," said Hines.

"The informant contacted us Friday and said that he was leaving his house in Monticello, and was scheduled to pick up a load of cattle there."

Hines said the drug sales were taking place at the stockyards, and possibly en route to them.

Blevins was traveling to the Garrard County Stockyards early Saturday when he was stopped by Hines on U.S. 27 in Stanford. Hines said Blevins did not put try to evade police.

"He pulled over and came running back to the car, actually," said Hines. "He was apparently trying to distance himself from the truck."

When police searched the vehicle, the butt of the gun was seen sticking out of from under the console.

When contacted, Blevins Trucking said it had no comment.

Blevins was released from custody Saturday on a $5,000 - 10 percent cash bond.

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