Man arrested on drug charges

A Barbourville man is behind bars after allegedly driving a stolen vehicle with drug paraphernalia found inside.

On February 12 at approximately 9:35 a.m., Deputy Claude Hudson was traveling south on KY 3439 when a vehicle traveling north swerved over the center line. While conducting a traffic stop, Deputy Hudson observed the driver, Kevin J. Carnes, 39, of Barbourville, attempting to hide a zip lock bag containing a spoon with drug residue underneath the seat.

Carnes was placed under arrest and charged with driving on DUI suspended license (third offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and no insurance. Carnes was also wanted on a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to pay the fines on second-degree possession of controlled substance. Carnes was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Later that day, Deputy Hudson learned that the vehicle driven by Carnes was reported stolen from a residence on Baker Lane in Barbourville. Carnes was then charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition-over $500.