HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) - A man was arrested after police said he was passed out in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant with thousands of dollars of drugs in his car.
Hillview police officers were called to the McDonald's at 1911 Old Preston Highway at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday following a report of an intoxicated man in the drive-thru. When they arrived, they found Jeremy David Dunton, 33, passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle. As they tried to wake him, officers said they saw a handgun and what they suspected were illegal drugs in plain view.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun and also recovered $1,810 in cash. They also found five bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one bag of pills believed to be Pseudoephedrine (key ingredient for manufacturing methamphetamine) and another bag believed to contain psychedelic mushrooms.
Hillview police said the bags of suspected methamphetamine had a combined unofficial weight of 253 grams, giving it an estimated street value of approximately $25,000.
"It's a big arrest for any agency," Chief Bill Mahoney said.
Mahoney said the Hillview Police Department has been working hard to curb drug use in the community.
"It's a problem in every community. Wherever you are across the nation, it's becoming increasingly difficult because we are seeing more and more of it now," he said.
Dunton was booked into the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Hillview police are still investigating to find out whether Dunton was selling or manufacturing meth.