Speeding ticket leads police to bags of marijuana, mushrooms

Daniel Gardner
Daniel Gardner

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. — A Norton man was pulled over for speeding in Johnson County, but he ended up in jail after police found multiple bags and jars of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms in his possession.

When police first clocked 40-year-old Daniel Gardner going 72 miles an hour on US 23 Wednesday evening, they say he pulled off the highway and tried to hide on a dead-end road.

When a state trooper caught up to him, he asked why he was trying to hide. Gardner reportedly told police he was on his way to visit his son in Ashland and didn’t want to get a ticket.

Gardner was then asked to empty his pockets, at which time the officer spotted a large roll of cash. He asked about the money and Gardner said he had been shopping.

The officer reportedly noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. That’s when they found two large jars, three large plastic bags and two sandwich bags of marijuana, as well as two sandwich bags of mushrooms.

Gardner reportedly told police some of the marijuana was for personal use, but admitted that he sold some of it.

He was booked on charged of trafficking marijuana, trafficking hallucinogenic drugs, DUI and other charges.