Paducah Man charged with cocaine trafficking

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department Drug Division arrested a Paducah man in McCracken County on April 14, 2011, charging him numerous drug offenses along with fleeing from the police.

Police arrested Kennotha L. Thomas 48, of Paducah. He is charged with two counts of fleeing or evading police on foot, two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine 2nd or subsequent offense, a class "B" felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison, and two counts of possession of marijuana.

The investigation began on September 24, 2010 when a detective with the McCracken Sheriff's Department attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic offense near the intersection of Alabama and South 28th Streets in Paducah.

Kennotha Thomas was a passenger in the suspect vehicle on that date and fled on foot. Thomas was able to evade arrest on that date. Police say detectives retraced Thomas's steps and located approximately 30 grams of crack cocaine, which police say has a street value of $3,000, and a small amount of marijuana that Thomas is alleged to have discarded while fleeing. Detectives searched for Thomas on that date and several others, but were unable to locate him.

Detectives received numerous tips since Thomas fled alleging he was still in the Paducah area trafficking cocaine, according to Det. Sgt. Jesse Riddle.

On April 14, 2011 at approximately 11:12 a.m., detectives with the drug division observed Thomas walking near the intersection of South 7th and Ohio Streets. Detectives approached the man and attempted to speak with him. He immediately fled on foot. Thomas was apprehended after an approximate 75 yard foot chase by Detective Ryan Norman. Police then arrested him.

During a search of Thomas, Detectives seized 14 individually bagged baggies of crack cocaine, two bags of marijuana and an undisclosed amount money, according to Det. Sgt. Riddle.

Thomas was transported to and lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

Police say Thomas has an extensive criminal record in McCracken County dating back to 1981. Prior convictions include cocaine trafficking, robbery, theft, escape and additional offenses.

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