Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Holiday Drug Arrests Make for Good New Year

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Eastern Kentucky Holiday Drug Seizure PicturePikeville, KY - With the holiday season just ending, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) has announced several Eastern Kentucky drug arrests leading to thousands of dollars in confiscated drugs and money.

Beginning on December 26, 2005, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jamie Fields made a traffic stop on US 23 in Pike County. While conducting the stop, Officer Fields was notified that the driver of the 1991 Dodge vehicle, Kevin W. Hopkins, was wanted in Tennessee on Fugitive warrants. Further investigation led to the arrest of Hopkins passenger, Shanna M. Reed, of Pikeville, KY for possession of cocaine.

On December 28, 2005 Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers Levi Belcher and Keith Justice made an additional traffic stop on US 23 in Pike County which led officers on a foot chase when Robert Bowling of Dorton, KY fled from his vehicle. Officers Belcher and Justice apprehended Bowling and was found in possession of a large quantity of cocaine. Only days later KVE officers once again made an arrest involving Micky Newsome of Virgie, KY who was arrested for possession of cocaine during a traffic stop.

Information gained from the traffic stops resulted in two search warrants being obtained for follow up investigation with additional persons. As a result of this, Kermit Keen Jr. of Shelbiana and Amy J. Holbrook of Elkhorn City were arrested on charges of drug trafficking and possession of cocaine.

In total, KVE officers produced approximately one pound of cocaine with a street value of just over $41,000. Officers also seized one gram of rock cocaine, 78 prescription pills, three handguns, two vehicles and approximately $8,600 in cash.

"Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is dedicated to drug enforcement throughout the state," said KVE Regional Communications Officer Jeff Jacobs. "The importance of our holiday arrests shows that drug trafficking and possession will not be tolerated and will be enforced vigorously."