Arrest made following drug investigation

Published 8:25 am Friday, August 14, 2020

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A man was arrested earlier this month following a narcotics investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodney L. Newcomb, 54, of Spice Ridge Road in Lincoln County, was arrested Aug. 4 at about 1:30 a.m. on Ky Hwy. 3246.

According to the arrest citation, Deputy Daniel Napier and K9 Deputy Michael Mullins were conducting surveillance on a residence located on Orchard Street in reference to suspected narcotics trafficking.

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Within the last month, Mullins conducted a controlled buy of suspected methamphetamine at the location and developed intel, including what car the alleged dealer drives.

Deputies observed the vehicle leave the residence, travel down Ky Hwy. 39 N and turn onto Ky Hwy. 3246. The driver crossed the yellow lines three times, prompting a traffic stop.

Newcomb allegedly told deputies the car “has strut problems.”

During the traffic stop, deputies observed “two roaches inside of the cup holder on the center console in plain view.”

“(Newcomb) also stated that there was some ‘weed’ and retrieved a baggie from the driver’s door that had a green, leafy substance inside,” the citation states.

Deputies also located a baggie containing a white, crystal substance inside the driver’s door weighing approximately one gram.

“Inside of (the) ash tray, I located a large amount of cash in mostly various denominations,” the citation states. “inside the center console I located another baggie with (approximately) three grams of white, crystal substance inside.”

An open container of beer was also found inside the console, according to the citation.

Newcomb was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of marijuana; careless driving; and improper lane usage.