A Lawrenceburg man, who already has two active drug possession cases in Franklin Circuit Court, was allegedly nabbed with illegal drugs during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.

A Frankfort Police officer initiated a traffic stop on East Main Street at 1:30 a.m. after observing a 2010 black Ford Escape with no functioning tail lights being driven by Nathan Gamble.

Nathan Gamble

Nathan Gamble

When the officer ran Gamble’s name the operator informed him that Gamble had a suspended Kentucky license with multiple infractions for operating on a suspended license, the arrest citation states.

“As I placed (Gamble) under arrest I asked him several times if he had anything illegal on his person or inside his vehicle,” the officer wrote in the report.

“As I searched (Gamble), I located a syringe in his front right pants pocket with a dark brown liquid suspected to be heroin inside it.”

Gamble is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), first offense, a Class D felony; operating on a suspended or revoked operators license, a Class A misdemeanor; and no tail lamps, a violation.

This isn’t Gamble’s first run-in with local law enforcement.

On Oct. 19, a Franklin Circuit Court grand jury indicted him on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense, a Class D felony, from a Sept. 5 arrest by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

The grand jury also indicted him on Sept. 21 on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense, and first-degree promoting contraband, both Class D felonies. The Franklin County Regional Jail charged him in that case.

Gamble is being held at the jail on a $5,000 full-cash bond.

He is scheduled for arraignment in his latest case at 9 a.m. Friday.

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