K-9 unit uncovers heroin in traffic stop

by Jackson Latta

PRESTONSBURG – A traffic stop last weekend in Prestonsburg resulted in a significant drug bust.

On December 26, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Prestonsburg Police Department Patrolman Will Holbrook says he conducted a traffic stop on a late model Ford Crown Victoria for a speeding and reckless driving violation.

Holbrook says that while he was positioning for a traffic stop, he observed a passenger throw items from the vehicle.

In a report, the operator of the vehicle, identified by police as “Kaz” McKinney of Georgetown, was placed under arrest for reckless driving.

During the stop, Prestonsburg’s K-9 unit, Patrolman Nick Bingham and Storm, were deployed to the scene and a “sniff” was made of the vehicle. Police reports indicate that Storm “alerted and indicated” on a presence of illegal narcotic in the vehicle.

As the search of the vehicle progressed, police discovered a large amount of drug paraphernalia and several thousand dollars in cash. The items thrown from the vehicle were also located, and included a quantity of marijuana and a large quantity of heroin.

According to court records, a Franklin McKinney, 26, of Georgetown was booked into the Floyd County Detention Center on charges of speeding, reckless driving, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance in the first-degree.

This case remains under investigation by Patrolman Holbrook and the narcotics investigations section.

by Jackson Latta

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