The McCracken County Sheriff's Office arrested a West Paducah man Friday afternoon on drug charges following a traffic stop in Paducah.

Sheriff's detectives observed a pickup truck back into traffic onto Park Avenue, almost causing a wreck. Detectives stopped the truck on H.C. Mathis Drive. Michael Thomas, 35, of West Paducah was behind the wheel, Capt. Jesse Riddle said in a news release.

Detectives determined Thomas was under the influence of controlled substances. Sheriff's office narcotics detection K-9 Oscar alerted to the odor of illegal drugs on the bottom of the driver door of the truck. Detectives searched and located doses of Valium, other benzodiazepines and amphetamine inside the passenger compartment of the truck. Detectives then located a magnetic container under the truck that contained methamphetamine, marijuana, smoking pipes, scales and plastic bags, Riddle said.

Thomas is charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; possession of methamphetamine, possession of a 2nd-degree controlled substance (amphetamine); possession of a third-degree controlled substance (Valium); possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, Riddle reported.

Detectives also seized $1,493 in suspected drug monies. Thomas was arrested and jailed in McCracken County.

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