Escaped horses lead to drug bust near Cosgrove


Escaped horses created an impromptu traffic stop that led to an early morning drug bust near Cosgrove.

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies were directing traffic while three escaped horses were being escorted off Black Diamond Road just after 1:15 Tuesday morning. A deputy with his lights activated stopped a car being driven by 59-year-old William Ruth of Amana as Ruth approached the scene. As the deputy approached the driver’s side window to warn Ruth about the horses, he smelled burnt and raw marijuana.

Ruth admitted to recently smoking marijuana. Field sobriety tests could not be conducted due to Ruth’s fake leg, but a drug recognition expert determined he was not under the influence of marijuana at the time of the traffic stop.

Ruth handed the deputy a small container of marijuana, and a search of his vehicle turned up four pipes and more marijuana.

Ruth is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 13 months in jail.