Traffic stop leads to drug, stolen weapons charges


A traffic stop for expired registration resulted in the arrest of a Bowling Green man on various charges, including possessing two stolen handguns.

Paducah Police Officer Benjamin Anthony stopped a car about 4 p.m. Sunday on Hinkleville Road after he noticed the vehicle’s registration sticker expired in May. The driver, Noble Faulkner, 28, of Bowling Green, was unable to produce proof of insurance on the car. A computer check revealed Faulkner was charged in two Warren County warrants with failing to appear.

According to the arrest report, Faulkner told Anthony he had marijuana in his possession, and Anthony found two bags of suspected marijuana in Faulkner’s clothing. Anthony found a Taurus 9 mm handgun in the console of the vehicle that had been reported stolen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Seattle, Washington. In the glove compartment of the car, Anthony found $2,709 cash in small denominations.

In the trunk of the car, Anthony found a Glock handgun reported stolen from Bowling Green earlier this year, additional marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Faulkner was charged with having no registration plates, failing to maintain insurance, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), receiving stolen property (firearm) and possessing drug paraphernalia as well as Warren County warrants for failing to appear and on charges of having no registration receipt. He was brought to McCracken County Regional Jail, where he is being held on a $1,000 surety bond for each of the warrants and a $2,500 cash bond for the possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

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