HAZARD — Hazard Police Department say a search for a stolen cellphone lead officers to discover a drug trafficking operation. A man from Hazard was arrested in connection with the drug trafficking operation.
According to a citation, HPD Officer Jessica Maggard was investigating a theft of a stolen iPhone on April 5. HPD say at approximately 11:30 p.m., the iPhone pinged to a location in Walkertown.
Officer Maggard went door to door asking residents of Walkertown about the stolen iPhone. Officer Maggard made her way to the residence of Zebulin Caudill, 19, of Hazard. After knocking on the door, Officer Maggard said she could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment when the door was opened.
The citation says Caudill’s father told Officer Maggard that there was a child in the home.
Officer Maggard, along with Officers Zach Miller and Glenn Griffie, performed a welfare check. According to the citation, the female in the room with the child gave consent to search the room.
The citation says officers found green leafy substances, baggies, scales, and pipes in the room. They also discovered pills in baggies.
According to the citation, Caudill gave consent to Officer Maggard to search the rest of the apartment. The citation says that as soon as Caudill gave consent to search the apartment, he ran down the stairs and threw marijuana behind a washing machine.
The citation says Caudill had separated some of the marijuana into small baggies.
Officer Maggard also found a large amount of money in $20s and $10s.
A Facebook post made by HPD said they had collected more than 30 bags of marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash.
HPD say a 2-year-old child was home at the time. The child was taken into protective custody and turned over to social services.
Caudill was arrested on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, trafficking in marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, controlled substance prescription not in original container, illegal possession of a legend drug and buy/possessing drug paraphernalia.
He was transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail where he was lodged in.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.