Over $25,000 seized in drug bust

Knox County Sheriff’s deputies made a huge drug bust early Sunday morning.

While patrolling Candle Ridge Road at Gray, Deputy Andrew Lawson observed a vehicle speeding and being driven recklessly. Deputy Lawson activated his emergency equipment and began pursuit of the vehicle, which continued to elude him, and traveled onto highways KY 3437 and then onto KY 3436. After approximately two miles, the driver of the yellow 2012 Chevy Camaro lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway, lodging the vehicle between two trees. The driver and passenger had to exit the vehicle through the passenger side window.

During the arrest, Deputy Lawson located a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine, over 90 Gabepentin (Neurontin) capsules, approximately two ounces of marijuana and syringe. Deputy Lawson also seized over $25,000 in cash.

The driver, Rex A. Gray, 29 of Woolum, was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked Operators License, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree/Police officer, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, and Trafficking in Marijuana. Gray was also wanted on a Kentucky Parole Board Warrant for a parole violation and a Laurel County Bench Warrant for Contempt of Court.

The passenger, David Dewayne Davis, 53 of Barbourville, was also arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Trafficking in Marijuana and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance.

Both Gray and Davis were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with additional charges pending.