ARRESTS: MARIJUANA AND OVER THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH SEIZED DURING INVESTIGATION OF STRANDED MICHIGAN MOTORIST ON INTERSTATE 75 IN SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY

CONTRABAND Whitley 4 19 2022

WILLIAMSBURG, KY - The Whitley County Sheriff's Department is reporting that on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Sergeant Jonas Saunders was requested to I-75 by a local towing agency.

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The tow company was on scene assisting a stranded motorist and smelled Marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Deputy Saunders arrived and also smelled the strong odor. Inside the vehicle (plain view), Deputy Saunders observed a large quantity of U.S. cash.

An investigation then resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of U.S. currency ($33,298.00), a trafficking amount of Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Two individuals were arrested and identified as:

Arvina Petrola Hardaway age 28 of Detroit, Michigan charged with:

  • TRAF IN MARIJUANA ( LESS THAN 8 OZ.) 1ST OFF
  • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS

Brian Levert Gates age 28 of Detroit, Michigan charged with:

  • TRAF IN MARIJUANA ( LESS THAN 8 OZ.) 1ST OFF
  • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS

Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Photos of the accused are courtesy of the Whitley County Detention Center.

Photo of seized contraband and cash is from the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.

Officer Dorman Patrick with Williamsburg Police Department, Goldbug Fire Department, and Boltons Towing Assisted on Scene.

 

 

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