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Sheriff Greg Speck reports that on January 7, 2021, Deputy Branson Patterson arrested Eric Nicholas, age 48, of Pond Meadow Road, Somerset, Kentucky following a traffic stop where suspected illegal drugs and cash were found and seized from his person.

Deputy Patterson stopped a 2013 Dodge Challenger on Pond Meadow Road for a traffic violation just after 10:00 PM. Mr. Nicholas was the driver of the car. He also had a female passenger in the car with him. During the investigation by Deputy Patterson, he located 3.9 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, 3.9 grams, suspected to be Heroin, and $9,701 in cash all on the person of Mr. Nicholas.

Eric Nicholas was charged with the following:
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 2 nd or Greater Offense (more than 2 grams of Methamphetamine)
• Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Heroin)
• No Insurance
• Persistent Felony Offender II


Mr. Nicholas has a prior criminal history of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in which he was sentenced in September 2017 and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree for which he was sentenced in January 2012.

Eric Nicholas remains lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center as of the press release.

The case remains under investigation by Deputy Branson Patterson. He was assisted by
Sergeant Steven Alexander, Deputy Alex Wesley, and KSP.


The female passenger was identified as Autumn Decker, age 22, of Yellow Dog Road, McKee, Kentucky. She was charged with Disorderly Conduct, by Deputy Alex Wesley. She was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center and released just after 1:00 AM on the 8th.

Sheriff Greg Speck asked if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at