Owensboro Police Department issued a search warrant on March 4 to investigate a residence in the 1600 block of S. Parkdale Drive, where they uncovered a multitude of drugs, drug paraphernalia and firearms inside the home. OPD arrested a suspect they believe to be involved with an ongoing drug trafficking operation.
Harley D. Wallace, 19, was charged Monday with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (LSD), third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified) and trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to < 5 pounds).
OPD Public Information Officer Andrew Boggess said detectives uncovered more than 5,000 pills from Wallace’s residence, including a large baggie filled with multi-colored ecstasy tablets. Boggess said the number of ecstasy pills exceeded 2,000 and the Xanax pills found at the residence was easily in the hundreds.
Seven handguns, two rifles and two firearm suppressors were also found at the S. Parkdale residence. Boggess said OPD is investigating whether those firearms and suppressors were obtained legally but, as of now, Boggess said there’s no indication that they were stolen.
According to the police report, OPD also discovered marijuana wax, a large amount of THC cartridges, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, a large number of plastic baggies and digital scales inside the residence, all pointing toward an ongoing trafficking operation. Officers later discovered numerous plastic baggies in the trunk of Wallace’s vehicle.
Over $1,000 in cash was discovered at the scene, and that money has been seized and taken into the Evidence Collection Unit as well.
As for what led to Wallace’s arrest, Boggess said OPD arrived at the residence to serve Wallace with a warrant. When OPD arrived at the S. Parkdale location, they discovered the multitude of drugs and paraphernalia, later issuing a search warrant for the premises.
“No one else is involved in the trafficking operation, as far as OPD knows,” Boggess said. “We’re always glad to get some potentially dangerous drugs and weapons off the street.”
Wallace is being held at the Daviess County Detention Center on $50,000 full cash bond.