KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On September 17, 2019 at approximately 12:05 am Knox County Deputy Mikey Ashurst received several reckless driving complaints on Highway 229 near the Laurel County line. When Deputy Ashurst arrived in the area, he observed the reported vehicle moving at a slow rate of speed as it swerved off the roadway.

After Deputy Ashurst conducted a traffic stop, he observed a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and open beer cans inside the vehicle. Further investigation lead to the discovery of three (3) large Crystal Meth rocks located inside the vehicle.

The driver, Mark E Smith age 44 of Barbourville, KY, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree. Possession of Open Alcohol Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operator License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Failure to Wear Seat Belts.

Mark Smith was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.