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HCSO: Traffic stop leads to arrest of 2 individuals for trafficking meth, other drug charges

HCSO: Traffic stop leads to arrest of 2 individuals for trafficking meth, other drug charges

Bill Stephens

May 11th, 2016

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Authorities say a traffic stop for careless driving Tuesday led to the arrest of two men for trafficking meth and other drug-related offenses.

According to Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Stefon Douglas, the traffic stop was conducted around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday on US60E in Spottsville on a vehicle driven by 34 year old Patrick Hall, of Owensboro. Deputy Douglas says when contact was made with Hall he indicated when asked that there were two handguns in the back seat behind the passenger, 47 year old Joseph McGovern, of Reed.

Kentucky State Police arrived at the scene to assist the sheriff’s office and after removing McGovern from the vehicle, authorities say they found in plain view an orange pill bottle with marijuana inside, along with methamphetamine inside the passenger door and a silver smoking pipe.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies report over 35 grams of meth was found, along with several items indicative to drug use, and a large amount of cash.

Both Hall and McGovern were taken into custody and lodged in the Henderson County Detention Center for first degree trafficking a controlled substance over two grams of meth, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, careless driving and failure of owner to maintain insurance.

Patrick Hall

(Patrick Hall Mugshot: Henderson Co. Detention Center)

Joseph McGovern

(Joseph McGovern Mugshot: Henderson Co. Detention Center)

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