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CORRECTION: Officers find spice in car during traffic stop

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CORRECTION: An article published on A12 of the Friday (Feb. 19) edition of The Kentucky Standard had incorrect information regarding Latosha Shain. Shain was cited and charged during a traffic stop, but was not arrested.

A Thursday afternoon traffic stop ended with the arrest of a Bardstown man and woman after officers found “spice,” a form of synthetic marijuana, and other drugs in their vehicle.

According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, Officer Kyler Wright and K-9 Zeus conducted a traffic stop on a tan Buick passenger car for excessively tinted windows at around 12:49 p.m.

The driver, Latosha Shain, 30, denied consent to search, and Wright utilized Zeus.

After the K-9 made a positive indication on the vehicle, Wright located a bag of spice in the rear seat.

According to the release, Suboxone, partially burned, hand-rolled spice cigarettes and drug paraphernalia were also found in the vehicle.

A passenger in the car, Ray A. Calbert, had a small plastic bag of cocaine on his person, along with an undetermined amount of cash, which was seized.

Shain was charged with excessive window tint, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic drugs, failure to maintain insurance and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Calbert was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call BPD at (502) 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211.

Recently, the BPD shared a post on Facebook acknowledging an outpouring of concern about drug trends in the area.

Spice was mentioned in the post, and the department acknowledged that the area does have a spice problem.

“Our officers do encounter spice,” the post reads, noting that the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, of which BPD is a member agency, seized 3,000 grams of the drug last year, and seized 1,000 grams of the drug in January of this year alone.

To further illustrate the awareness of spice that BPD and other law enforcement are trying to raise, they shared a video of person suffering from the drug’s affects in New York.

“We believe in sharing information, working diligently to combat the narcotics plague and combining community efforts with law enforcement to make a positive impact on this issue.”