On Saturday, April 18, just as Pike County’s annual Hillbilly Days Festival was in full swing, officers with the Pikeville Police Department stopped 42-year-old Prestonsburg resident Gary Warick along U.S. 23 in front of Walter’s Chevrolet.
According to a statement released from the police department, Officer Scotty Hamilton conducted the stop after he noticed Warick’s Jeep “driving side to side” along the highway.
Police said five passengers were also with Warick during the stop, but their names have not been released.
During inspection following the traffic stop, Hamilton said he discovered a large quantity of pills and cash both in the vehicle and on Warick.
Warick was found with 114 Roxicet tablets, 11-and-a-half Percocets, 32 Soma tablets and a dozen Xanax bars, including two halves and 11 full bars, police said.
Hamilton also reported Warick allegedly had $1,792 in cash “rolled up in his pocket.” The money was collected in several denominations including 100-, 50-, 20- and one-dollar bills, Hamilton said.
Warick was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as other drug-related charges not immediately stipulated by police. He was, as of press time, being held at the Pike County Detention Center.
The five other occupants with Warick at the time of the arrest were also taken into custody on drug- and alcohol-related charges.