Two Arrested in Southern Kentucky for Drug Related Offenses including Trafficking

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SOMERSET, KY - Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck is reporting the arrest of Rebecca Ritchie, age 41, of Elmrock Decoy Road in Soft Shell, Kentucky and Taylor Gaddis, age 27, of South Hart Road in Somerset, Kentucky for drug related offenses.

On May 30, 2022, at 01:42 AM, Deputies Tan Hudson and James Pitman stopped a Toyota pickup on the Southwestern Bypass for a driving violation.

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Identified was the driver, (L) Taylor Gaddis and (R) the passenger, Rebecca Ritchie

During the investigation, following the traffic stop, located was:

  • A .22 rifle in the backseat underneath some items
  • (4) different baggies of suspected Methamphetamine weighing 10 grams, 1.6 grams, 0.47 grams, and 0.31 grams
  • A white substance weighing 2.3 grams that is suspected to be Cocaine
  • (2) baggies of suspected Marijuana weighing 4.3 grams and 1.1 gram
  • Five (5) Hydrocodone pills, a Schedule II narcotic
  • Nine (9) Phentermine Hydrochloride Schedule 4 drug usually prescribed for weight loss and energy
  • Digital scales
  • Empty baggies in a Crown Royal bag

Deputies also seized:

  • $493.00 in cash along with a single Hydrocodone pill contained in a plastic baggie taken from Ritchie’s wallet

Both Taylor Gaddis and Rebecca Ritchie were charged with the following:

1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense – (greater than 2 grams of Methamphetamine) (Enhancement)
2. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense – (less than 4 grams of Cocaine) (Enhancement)
3. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (less than 10 doses of an Unspecified Schedule 1 and 2 Drug – (Enhancement)
4. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree, 1st Offense (less than 20 doses of Drug Unspecified) (Enhancement)
5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
6. Trafficking in Marijuana (Less than 8 ounces) 1st Offense

Taylor Gaddis was also charged with:

  • The traffic violation and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Both Gaddis and Ritchie were transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center where they remain lodged as of this press release.

All photos are from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

All illegal drugs were logged into evidence at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspected drug evidence will be submitted to the lab for examination.

All monies and the rifle seized were logged into the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Evidence Room.

The trafficking charges could be enhanced because of the firearms being in close proximity to the illegal drugs, pending a conviction for trafficking in the drugs.

This investigation continues by Deputies Tan Hudson and James Pitman with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime, contact our office at 606-678-5145. You can remain anonymous.

If you go to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com/tip.php, it gives you three options to submit anonymous tips.

Contact: Major Jeff Hancock

 

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