Traffic stop leads to 2 arrests after Paducah police find multiple suspected drugs

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A Paducah man and Paris, Tenn. woman face drug charges after Paducah police say they found them with multiple types of drugs.

Two people were arrested when police found suspected cocaine and fentanyl after a routine traffic stop Wednesday at 10:12 p.m. on the 5300 block of Cairo Road in Paducah.

Officer Logan Barrow stopped a pickup truck after noticing its license plate was not illuminated. He said the driver, Claibourn Richardson, and passenger, Kelli McCampbell, appeared nervous and Richardson did not have his driver’s license in his possession.

Officer Will Hendrickson’s K9 partner, Joker, indicated there were drugs inside the truck and McCampbell told the officers there was a box under her seat. She said Richardson gave it to her and told her to hide it under the seat when Barrow initiated the traffic stop.

A search of the truck revealed nearly 240 capsules containing a white powder, suspected to be cocaine and fentanyl, syringes and other items. During the investigation, officers said Richardson began sweating profusely and losing consciousness. He told officers he had taken 10 of the pills when Officer Barrow stopped the truck. Richardson was taken by ambulance to Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital for treatment. Upon his release he was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail. McCampbell was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

Claibourn T. Richardson, 27, of Clarence Gaines Street was arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (more than four grams of cocaine), trafficking in a controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, rear license not illuminated, improper or no windshield and driving under the influence, and on warrants charging him with failing to pay and failing to appear.

Kelli S. McCampbell, 28, of Paris, Tenn., was arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (more than four grams of cocaine), trafficking in a controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives), tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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