Deputies arrest two after observing alleged ‘narcotics transaction’

Published 9:03 am Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two Stanford men are facing drug-trafficking charges after Boyle County deputies observed what they “believed to be a narcotics transaction” on Monday.

Dustin R. Sowder and Joshua Villanueva, both 26, have been charged with first-degree trafficking in heroin, second-degree trafficking in an unspecified drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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According to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office, deputies saw the alleged “narcotics transaction taking place” in the Shell Station parking lot in Junction City.

“After the suspected transaction, (a) white Chevy SUV was observed turning left onto West Shelby Street,” a news release from the sheriff’s office reads.

A traffic stop was made on the vehicle and deputies found Sowder and Villanueva inside.

“During the investigation, Deputy K-9 NiKi located heroin, pills and cash inside the vehicle,” according the release.

Junction City Police and Kentucky State Police assisted the sheriff’s office in the investigation.

Sowder was being held in the Boyle County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $15,000 cash bond. Villanueva was being held on a $20,000 cash bond.