Early morning traffic stop in Powell results in the discovery of meth, heroin & fentanyl


At approximately 2:30am this morning March 10, 2022, Powell County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunter Martin conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Virden Ridge Road near Yellow Pine. Reportedly the vehicle was being operated by the pictured subject, Benjamin Barnett age 35. Deputy Martin was able to gain probable cause to search the contents of the vehicle resulting in locating approximately 16g of suspected Methamphetamine and Heroin/Fentanyl.

Barnett was arrested and lodged on the following charges:

Traf Cont Sub, 1st Deg, 1st Off (> or = 2GMS Methamphetamine)

– Traf Cont Sub 1st Off (Heroin)- Poss of Marijuana- Drug Paraphernalia (Buy / Possess)

– Careless Driving- License To Be In Possession