Sheriff: Redneck Rave Vendor Arrested With Illegal THC-Based Products: 9 Other Arrests Made
Edmonson Voice Report: photo courtesy of Edmonson County Sheriff's Office:
**CORRECTION** 10/19/21, 3:17PM: The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office issued a correction stating the charge was incorrectly typed on their original press release. The Sheriff's Office stated that the actual amount of illegal drug paraphernalia was around 35lbs, and the charge should have been listed as Trafficking in Marijuana (greater than 5 lbs.)—1st Offense, not 'greater than 75lbs' as they originally stated.
A Michigan man who told the Sheriff's Office he was a vendor at the recent "Redneck Rave" event at Blue Holler ATV Park was arrested in a large illegal THC-based edible product bust, according to a press release from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
From Thursday, October 14, 2021, through Sunday, October 17, 2021, deputies with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office increased patrol and initiated numerous traffic stops in the Lincoln community of the county as a result from what they described as increased travel in the area for the Redneck Rave, an event held at Blue Holler Off-Road Park on Ollie Road. Over the 4-day period, the Sheriff's Office issued 17 citations issued and made a total of 9 arrests.
Tyler James Smith (29) of Homer, Michigan was first cited for Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia--Buy/Possess, and Rear License Not Illuminated, and later arrested for Trafficking in Marijuana (>5 lbs.)—1st Offense.**
A sheriff’s deputy reported that he initially observed Smith’s vehicle operating without a license plate light and initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact with Smith, sheriff’s deputies said they observed Smith to be extremely nervous and visibly shaking. Deputies reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, which prompted a probable cause search that resulted in the discovery of suspected THC edibles, suspected marijuana, and cash, the Sheriff's Office said.
Smith allegedly told deputies he was intending to sell all the edibles, Hemp, and CBD oil products at the Redneck Rave. According to the Sheriff’s press release, deputies were advised by the Commonwealth Attorney to seize all edibles in unmarked packages, and anything labeled “THC.” Upon further investigation of the seized items, the Commonwealth Attorney advised to arrest and charge Smith with trafficking, the Sheriff’s Office stated. Smith was located and detained by officers with Cave City Police Department and then formally charged and arrested by Edmonson County Sheriffs’ Office for trafficking in marijuana, greater than 5lbs.
The Sheriff's Office reported more arrests in the area over the weekend, which included:
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that despite the arrests and citations, this weekend's event was quieter than the one that was held in June.
"There were much fewer injuries reported and no criminal complaints from inside the park," he said. "All the activity was generated from traffic in the Lincoln community related to the event. In addition to the DUI arrests and the warrants served, we also managed to handle what is possibly the biggest drug bust in ECSO history. Several pounds of cannabis edibles were seized from someone who stated he was a vendor at the event. We are grateful to the community for their patience shown to the Sheriff’s Office, and we believe that a lower attendance at the event, possible measures taken by the event coordinators, as well as the precedence set from law enforcement presence during the June event contributed to a safer weekend for everyone. We encourage tourism into our beautiful community, but as I’ve stated before, we expect everyone to be respectful of the county and the law when you get here. I want to also commend my staff for their hard work and thank our partners at the Kentucky State Police for their additional presence in the area over the weekend."
10/20/2021 09:47:25 am
Looks like good, proactive police work. All it takes is for one kid to try that junk and possibly ruin lives for generations.
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