K-9 Deputy Brian France and K-9 "Maverick"

DRUG BUST-SEIZURE: Mayfield, Kentucky Duo charged in Laurel County after K-9 conducting a Free Air Search around Vehicle during Traffic Stop alerts on Narcotics

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Brian France arrested two individuals on Wednesday morning September 21, 2022 at approximately 5:02 AM.

The arrests occurred on West Cumberland Gap Parkway approximately 10 miles South of London after Deputy France observed a gray colored Toyota Camry weaving on the roadway.

A traffic stop was conducted where Deputy France detected the odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle and observed a syringe and a crushed soda pop can with residue on it.

Deputy France utilized his K-9 “Maverick” to conduct a free air search around the vehicle. His K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

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Deputy France along with other deputies that responded to the traffic stop found a large amount of suspected Heroin(4 ounces), Cocaine 89 grams), Crystal Methamphetamine(30 grams), and Xanax bars(97 grams).

The driver was determined to be operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license.

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The two arrested individuals were identified as: Leronda Marin-Bernal and Dustin R. Smith

Driver, Leronda Marin-Bernal age 46 of Old Dublin Road, Mayfield, KY charged with:

  • Conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – Methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance – 2nd degree – Heroin
  • Conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – Cocaine
  • Operating on suspended or revoked operator's license

Passenger, Dustin R. Smith age 34 of Old Dublin Road, Mayfield, KY charged with:

  • Trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – Methamphetamine
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance – second offense – Heroin
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – Cocaine

These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Photos of accused attached are courtesy of the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Assisting for the Laurel County Sheriff's office at the scene included: Shift Sgt. John Inman, Deputy Marcus Stigall, Drug interdiction unit Landry Collett, Drug interdiction unit Justin Taylor, Narcotics Detective Jake Miller.

Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Brian France is the case officer.

London City Police also assisted on the investigation.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root stated that drug arrests will continue in Laurel County.

 

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