Drug charges follow parking lot encounter

Careless driving through shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of an Elizabethtown man on multiple drug trafficking charges.

Dustin Beveridge, 32, was charged with two counts of gun enhanced first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance of cocaine and percocet pills — Class B felonies punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and gun enhanced first offense trafficking in mar­i­juana less than 8 ounces, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.

According to an arrest citation, a Ken­tucky State Po­lice trooper observed a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving errantly in the parking lot. Beveridge and his passengers left the vehicle as the trooper approached, according to the citation.

The trooper called for backup from the Eliza­beth­town Police Department and requested a K-9 after one per­son was sweating profusely and breathing heavily.

Beveridge told police he had a gun in his vehicle. When police searched him, they found 11 Percocet pills in a pocket and in the vehicle found a plastic bag containing 38 grams of suspected cocaine from under the rear passenger seat and a box containing one ounce of marijuana.

According to the arrest ci­ta­tion, he said the drugs belonged to him.

Beveridge also was charged with traffic violations.

He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond and will appear Sept. 20 in Hardin District Court.

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