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Hopkins Co. drug bust nets $120,000 worth of synthetic drugs

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Jonathan Stokes, 23. (Source: Hopkins County Jail) Jonathan Stokes, 23. (Source: Hopkins County Jail)
HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

13.5 pounds of synthetic drugs are now off the streets in Hopkins County. 

Authorities say the street value is around $120,000 and 23-year-old Jonathan Stokes is charged in the case.

After an anonymous tip, 202 Oakwood Avenue, a quiet street in Earlington, became the sight of a major drug bust. Investigators from the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office obtained probable cause to search a Mustang behind the home.

Detectives say the drugs more than likely came through the mail and Hopkins County was their final destination. Authorities say synthetic drugs in Hopkins County are a big problem with high school age kids being the target of these dealers.

"I've been watching a trend both in the city and in the county of the charges as there coming through and the evidence that's coming in through the patrol side. Synthetics are being seized on a more frequent basis than all of our other drugs combined," Detective Shawn Bean said.

Officials say Stokes, the owner of the vehicle, was charged with trafficking in synthetic drugs first offense.

Authorities say no matter the amount of drugs, whether 13 pounds or a gram, it's still a misdemeanor.

We're told authorities believe the danger is real with synthetics.

"You just never know if you're going to get Batch A which was okay the first time they tried it or if their going to get Batch B which is triple or quadruple the potency. They have some kind of psychotic episode out of it," Bean said.

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