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Two arrested in Green River Lake Wildlife Management Area

Investigation into blocked gate leads to numerous drug and firearm-related charges

By Kevin Kelly

Frankfort, KY - On patrol the evening of February 27, 2022, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Cody Berry saw a truck blocking an entrance gate at Green River Lake Wildlife Management Area in Taylor County and stopped to investigate.

Berry found two Campbellsville residents inside the truck along with a loaded handgun, rifle, more than 1 pound of marijuana, suspected narcotics, drug paraphernalia and more than $2,000 in cash.

Nathan Edwards, 40, already had two warrants for his arrest and is now facing additional charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

Edwards was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital after swallowing a bag of suspected narcotics and later was transferred to the Taylor County Detention Center.

Jessica King, 34, also was in the vehicle. She is lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, failure to maintain insurance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and regulations necessary to implement KRS 150 purpose.

Seized as part of the investigation were a .22-caliber handgun with one round in the chamber and other rounds in the magazine, a .22-caliber rifle, marijuana and suspected narcotics, two digital scales and numerous small baggies. The suspected narcotics will be sent to the Kentucky State Police Central Laboratory in Frankfort for analysis.

Kentucky's conservation officers are sworn law enforcement officers with statewide jurisdiction and have a primary mission focus on hunting, fishing and boating laws.

Conservation officers service all 120 counties across the state and are integral to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's efforts to fulfill its mission by working to ensure compliance with hunting and fishing laws and ensure that the state's waterways are safe for all to enjoy by utilizing a two-pronged approach consisting of education and enforcement.

This story was posted on 2022-03-03 14:10:52
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