Drugs confiscated in shopping center raid

Patrolman Josh Lawson searches a vehicle for contraband.
Patrolman Josh Lawson searches a vehicle for contraband.                                                           Photo by Bobbie Poynter
BPD Patroman Robert Brown inspects a bag of marijuana found in a pickup truck.
BPD Patrolman Robert Brown inspects a bag of marijuana found in a pickup truck.               Photo by Bobbie Poynter

After receiving complaints of possible drinking and drug activity in the Union Plaza parking lot Friday night, Barbourville Police, with the help of KSP officers, blocked off the entrances and performed a late-night walk through of vehicles in the parking lot. During a routine check, BPD K-9, Dusty, alerted officers to a red pickup where officers found a baggie filled with marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The owner,  Zachery M. Helton, 18, of Bimble, was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.

At the same time, in an unrelated traffic stop on Knox Street, BPD officers stopped another truck and searched it for illegal contraband. No citation or arrest was made.