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Sunday traffic stop leads to drug arrests

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Update: Joshua Salazar and Tess Holbrook were indicted by a Nelson County Grand Jury March 2 for drug charges that stemmed from a Feb. 14 search. Salazar's bail was set at $100,000 cahs only, plus conditions. Holbrook's bail was set at $50,000 unsecured, plus conditions, including being monitored by pretrial services. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in court March 17.

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A Loretto man was arrested Sunday morning for drug possession and trafficking after being pulled over on Stephen Foster Avenue.

According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, Officer Jeremy Cauley conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche for cancelled registration plates just before 12:30 a.m. The driver, Joshua Salazar, 25, had a suspended Kentucky driver’s license and active arrest warrants issued by Marion District Court.

During the stop, Cauley detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the release, and discovered an Oxycodone pill in Salazar’s pocket, as well as about $3,000 in cash.

Cauley received consent to search the vehicle and located two marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray, 52.7 grams of cocaine, a loaded .380-caliber handgun and two Oxycodone pills in a hidden compartment.

Following the traffic stop, Officer Eric Williamson obtained a search warrant for Salazar and Tess Holbrook’s apartment on North Third Street.

During the search, officers found four grams of cocaine, an AR-15 rifle, a hunting rifle, a .380 pistol and a HK .40-caliber pistol.

A large amount of ammunition and several fully loaded high capacity magazines were also seized, along with $27,000 in cash, according to the release.

Salazar was arrested and lodged in the Nelson County Jail for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, no/expired registration plates, failure to maintain insurance, operating on a suspended license, and failure to appear.

Holbrook, 23, of Bardstown, was also arrested and lodged in the Nelson County Jail for first-degree trafficking in controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing and those with information are asked to contact the BPD at (502) 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211.

Salazar has an arrest record including DUI, drug possession and reckless driving.