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POLICE: Drug trafficker arrested after tailgating cop

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Jaron Collier (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Jaron Collier (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a drug trafficker made a big mistake when he decided to tailgate a cop.

It happened late Friday night, near the corner of Virginia Avenue and Beech Street.

Police say 33-year-old Jaron S. Collier was following a Louisville Metro Police officer's vehicle so closely that the officer couldn't see his headlights.

"The above vehicle was following more closely than reasonable and prudent, based on the speed limit being 35 mph, the time of night in regards to the amount of light available and the fact that [the] above vehicle was following [the] officer's vehicle too closely to react if [the] officer had to perform an emergency stop," police say.

The officer switched lanes and pulled Collier over. When the officer approached Collier, the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana, according to an arrest report.

When the officer asked Collier if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he allegedly said "no" and allowed the officer to search the car.

The officer allegedly found a small bag of a, "blue, powdery substance" that Collier told him was Lortab. Police also found marijuana, a stolen handgun, Opana pills, a baby bottle with Codeine in it and over $2,800 in assorted bills.

He was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receipt of a stolen firearm, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance, defacing a firearm, possession of marijuana, violating a domestic violence order issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and following a vehicle too closely.

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