SEIZURE: (Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office) and JOHN THOMAS HARGIS JR. (Pulaski County Detention Center)

DRUGS/CASH SEIZED: Arrest of a Lexington, Kentucky Man in Pulaski County after K-9, Leo Conducts Free Air Sniff of Vehicle at Traffic Stop on U.S. 27 and Alerts on Presence of Illegal Narcotics

SOMERSET, KY - According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Bobby Jones reported on Monday, March 19th, 2024, a Lexington man was placed in custody following a traffic stop.

The incident began when Detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division observed a Chevy Silverado commit a traffic violation on U.S. 27. Detectives conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle.

Upon stopping the vehicle, Detective Trent Massey deployed his K-9, Leo to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. Following the walk around of the vehicle, Detective Massey stated K-9 Leo alerted on the vehicle, indicating the presence of illegal narcotics.

Detectives began a search of the vehicle and located a Hardees cup with suspected Ecstasy that was dumped into the liquid in the cup to try and conceal the drug from detection.

A further search of the vehicle uncovered suspected Methamphetamine, Marijuana, baggies, and a handgun in a hidden compartment of the vehicle.

Once the search was complete John Hargis II, age 41, of Singleton Cemetery Road, Eubank, was arrested and charged with the following:

• Trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense >or= 2GMS Methamphetamine (Enhancement)
• Trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense >or=10 D.U. Drug Unspecified (Enhancement)
• Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8OZ 2nd > offense (Enhancement)
• Tampering with physical evidence
• Possession of handgun by convicted felon
• Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess(Enhancement)
• Failure of owner to maintain required insurance 1st
• Failure to or improper signal

This individual was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Photo of the accused is courtesy of  the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Photo of seized contraband and handgun provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The case remains under investigations by Detective Tan Hudson.

Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at

You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.




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