Kentucky traffic stop leads to seizure of more than $500,000 in drugs

Published 5:44 am Monday, November 8, 2021

Kentucky investigators seized more than 7 pounds of fentanyl pill and 2 pounds of cocaine after a traffic stop last week — nearly half a million dollars in drugs.

On Nov. 3, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Kentucky State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Chevrolet Spark passenger vehicle in Cave City.  The vehicle was stopped on the I-65 entrance ramp from KY-70 for a traffic violation.

During the stop, Troopers were granted consent to search by the driver, Victor Rodriguez, age 31 of Newark, NJ.

During a search of the vehicle, approximately 7.5 pounds of suspected Fentanyl was located.  The suspected Fentanyl was discovered in pill form that had been tightly wrapped and vacuum sealed. Victor Rodriguez was arrested and lodged in the Barren County Detention Center. Rodriguez was charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl)
  • License to be in Possession
  • Failure to or Improper Signal
  • Promoting Contraband – 1st Degree

Further investigation led to the discovery of 2.2 pounds of suspected cocaine also being located in the vehicle.  Charges stemming from the cocaine are pending at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and being led by Trooper Jordan Matthews.