Standard traffic stop leads to drug bust

A standard traffic stop turned into a drug bust for Kentucky State Police.

On Monday, a trooper stopped a car traveling west on Interstate 24 in Marshall County for a seatbelt violation. As he was writing the driver a ticket, another trooper deployed his canine to do a free air sniff around the car.

The canine alerted the troopers to the odor of narcotics and they began to search the car. Inside they found a bag of crystal methamphetamine, two handguns, and $15,300 in the driver’s purse.

Information from the driver led to a search warrant being served at her RV in Grand Rivers. Inside troopers found more crystal methamphetamine, scales, two firearms, and a bullet-proof vest.

Approximately 20 grams of crystal meth were located between the car and the driver’s home.

54-year-old Debra StJernberg was arrested and charged in both Livingston and Marshall Counties with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine greater than 2 grams (firearm enhanced), and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. She was taken to the Marshall County Jail.

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