A Cowan man was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after a traffic stop in Whitesburg.
James A. Sturgill, 36, of 892 Bo Fork, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 2 grams of methamphetamine), license plate not legible and failure to maintain insurance.
Letcher County Deputy Sheriff James Norris said in a citation that he saw a white pickup truck with no bed and no visible license plate pass him about 10:30 p.m. on September 24. Norris said he made a traffic stop, and found the license plate was in the back window of the truck and not visible at night, however the driver could not produce proof of insurance. Norris asked if he could search the vehicle, and Sturgill agreed, Norris wrote.
Norris said he found a black box that contained nine small plastic bags, each containing a small quantity of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.