Police: Lexington man arrested trying to bring “large quantity” of drugs into SEKY

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Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 11:27 AM EDT
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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Central Kentucky man is facing serious charges after police say they found him transporting a large amount of meth into the mountains with a small child in the car.

On Monday, Knox County sheriff’s deputies received a tip about a man, later identified as David Hamblin, 36, from Lexington traveling from that city transporting the drugs to Knox County.

“We worked on it pretty much all morning and come to find out, the information was correct and we made the arrest later that afternoon,” said Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith.

Around 3 p.m., deputies found Hamblin driving on South Main Street in Barbourville. During a traffic stop, police found the four-year-old child, a stolen handgun and more than one pound of suspected meth in the car.

“It’s a large quantity of crystal meth amphetamine. I mean we see smaller quantities, unfortunately often. But this is a pretty much over a pound…of crystal meth amphetamine which would have the street value of approximately $12,000,” he said.

He was arrested and is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and child endangerment.

In addition to the new charges, Hamblin was also wanted in Laurel County on a warrant for additional drug charges.

Smith says the bust is just one reason deputies continue to work to keep the community safe.

“It’s important to get this off the street. I mean not only for families that have loved ones on it…communities…it helps everybody to get this off the street and protect our people from overdoses,” he said.

A family member came to pick the child up from the sheriff’s office.

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