Edmonson Voice Staff Report
A call from a resident complaining of a reckless driver resulted in a felony drug arrest, thanks to Tango, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office K9 unit.
Authorities responded to a complaint on E.G. Nash Road around noon on Sunday, where a caller said he was following a yellow '98 Chevy pickup which was driving recklessly.
Officials reported that they met up with a vehicle matching the description and same license plate number given by the caller and conducted a traffic stop at the Minit Mart in Brownsville.
Deputies reported that the driver, Richie Seabolt, 25, of Roundhill, gave officers consent to search the vehicle but nothing was found at first. Deputies then called for Tango, the sheriff's office K9 Unit for deployment in an attempt to locate any illegal drugs.
Tango, who recently became a certified K9 Unit in narcotic detection, made a positive alert on the passenger's side, where authorities said they found hidden drug paraphernalia which led to the discovery of a glass pipe with what appeared to be meth residue hidden in a child's car seat.
It was Tango's first narcotic detection deployment since becoming certified on October 19, 2016.
Officials said that Seabolt then admitted to consuming meth earlier and that the items located in the vehicle were in fact, his.
Seabolt was arrested and charged with Possession of controlled substance-first degree (meth), and Drug Paraphernalia-buy/possess-first offense.
He was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. Also assisting was the District 2 Constable.