A Bourbon man arrested in Sullivan June 30 after authorities seized narcotics hidden in a fake can of tea, and two loaded firearms from the car he was in.
Ryan G. Daugherty, 35, is charged in a Franklin County felony complaint with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drugs and two charges of unlawful use of a weapon. He also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the prosecutor’s office by Sullivan police, Daugherty was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation. The driver of the car gave police consent to search. Officers located a fake Arizona Tea can in the floorboard where Daugherty was seated.
Authorities said the lid of the can was removable and inside was a zip-close bag containing five capsules of suspected fentanyl, and one capsule containing an unknown blue substance. Also in the can was another bag containing 10 “bars” of Alprazolam, also known as Xanax.
Police found a glass smoking pipe for methamphetamine and 27 unused zip-close bag bags also hidden in the tea can.
According to the probable cause statement, a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, loaded with seven rounds, and a Ruger .22-caliber pistol, with six rounds, also were located in the floorboard at Daugherty’s feet.
Daugherty admitted that the firearms and drugs belonged to him. He confirmed that five capsules contained fentanyl, but stated he did not know what the blue substance was in the sixth capsule.
Daugherty said he intended to sell the guns, authorities said.
He was released Monday after posting a $10,000 surety bond. Initially prosecutors’s requested a $30,000 cash-only bond. The bond was reduced at the objection of the state, according to online court records.
Daughtery is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Stanley Williams Aug. 2.