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Traffic stop nets sizeable meth bust

Reno officer makes arrest
Christina Derr
Thursday, August 30, 2018

This was the methamphetamine – weighing in at over 30 grams, or just over one ounce – allegedly recovered by a Reno Police officer from the car of Kenneth Barber following a traffic stop. Barber was booked into the Parker County Jail on first-degree felony drug charges.

Kenneth Wayne Barber

What started as a routine traffic stop by a Reno Police officer led to an arrest for a first-degree felony drug charge and the seizure of more than 30 grams of methamphetamine.

Kenneth Wayne Barber, 31, of Boyd, was pulled over by a Reno Police officer for not wearing his seatbelt just after 8 p.m. Aug. 22 near the intersection of Hwy. 199 and Midway Road.

When the officer engaged Barber, he noticed the suspect’s hands visibly shaking while trying to retrieve his driver’s license, according to a probable cause affidavit.

That, combined with the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the suspect being probation for possession of the same, and his previous convictions for meth possession, gave the officer probable cause to search the vehicle.

A quick glance into the vehicle revealed a bag of a crystal-like substance.

After being Mirandized, Barber allegedly admitted to purchasing the drugs but denied any intent to sell them.

Despite that denial, Barber was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams, a first-degree felony.

The arresting officer swore in his affidavit that his training led him to believe an amount that large was not for personal use.

Barber was booked into the Parker County Jail where he posted $25,000 bond and was released Aug. 24.