Man arrested on trafficking charges near school


State police arrested a Paducah man on drug trafficking and other charges Tuesday night.

Troopers were were watching a Paducah residence late Tuesday after receiving information regarding possible drug activity when they saw an F-150 leave. After seeing "multiple traffic violations" they pulled over Robert Vanzant, 27.

State police said they detected the odor of suspected marijuana, and during a search of the vehicle reported finding a small amount of suspected marijuana, a suspected meth pipe, and a small amount of suspected meth.

After the traffic stop, state police said, troopers obtained a search warrant for Vanzant’s residence located on Georgia Street directly across the street from Morgan Elementary. While searching the residence, troopers allegedly found digital scales with drug residue, small baggies with suspected meth residue, marijuana, and an AR-15 style .223 caliber pistol close to the drugs.

Vanzant was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school (firearm enhanced); first degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine) (firearm enhanced); possession of drug paraphernalia (firearm enhanced); trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), first offense (firearm enhanced); and multiple traffic offenses.

Vanzant was taken to McCracken County Detention Center.

Trooper Will Propes is continuing his investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

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