JACKSON — Jackson Police Department (JPD), along with Kentucky State Police (KSP), were doing random speed checks on Hwy. 15 when they clocked in a vehicle doing 74 MPH in a 55 speed zone. Once a traffic stop was performed, KSP say they found more than two pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. Two women were arrested on drug trafficking charges.
According to JPD Chief Ken Spicer, JPD were doing random radar speed checks on April 12 when they clocked in a 2015 Lincoln MKZ doing 77 MPH in a 55 speed zone around 7:30 p.m. that evening. on Hwy. 15.
KSP say, Trooper Mike Wofle had previously clocked in the same vehicle operating at a high rate of speed and was searching for the vehicle.
According to KSP, the back seat passenger did not have a seat belt on, was seated in the middle of the back seat, and then proceeded to slide behind the right side front passenger seat. The citation says the passenger still did not put a seat belt on after sitting behind the front passenger seat.
After the vehicle was stopped, KSP say they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
A K-9 unit responded and alerted police to the trunk of the vehicle. KSP say upon search of the trunk, they found more than two pounds of marijuana.
The driver Peggy G. Gandy, 55, of Hazard was asked to step out of the vehicle so that KSP could perform a field sobriety test. According to the citation, Gandy failed the field sobriety test.
KSP say she admitted to taking two 10mg percocet pain pills.
The citation says no other tests were administered because of a leg disability.
Gandy was taken to Kentucky River Medical Care where a blood test was administered.
Gandy was arrested on charges of speeding, failure to wear seat belt, DUI and trafficking in marijuana less than five pounds.
The passenger, Sasha Hendon, 36, of Hazard was also arrested. She is facing charges of trafficking of marijuana less than five pounds.
Both women were arrested and transported to Three Forks Regional Jail.
The Breathitt Advocate originally reported on this story.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.