PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A report of an employee theft leads to four drug arrests in McCracken County.
Detectives began an investigation last week when they receiving information that employee thefts were occurring at a local Paducah business located at 3921 Benton Road in McCracken County.
Detectives say their investigation revealed 29-year-old Jeffrey Brooks of Nathan Drive had stolen numerous doses of various pain medications from his employer.
Officers searched Brooks' residence and seized 355 doses of Lortab and 50 doses of Morphine.
Further investigation revealed that the Lortabs and Morphine were stolen from the business on two separate occasions and detectives say Brooks had been selling the medications illegally.
An undercover detective with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department contacted some of Brook's alleged potential buyers via cell phone and arranged to meet them.
The undercover officers say they agreed to meet 23-year-old Brittany May at a Paducah business located on Irvin Cobb Drive in Paducah to sell her several doses of Lortab.
Detectives say they observed May with the money and arrested her. Officers say May later told them that she was purchasing the Lortab to resell it and had been doing so for the past several months.
Detectives then received a phone call from another individual who wanted to buy several doses of Lortab. Detectives agreed to meet the man on the parking lot of a business located at 7050 Benton Road to sell him the prescription drug.
Officers say two men arrived a short time later and one of the men got out of his vehicle and got into the vehicle with an undercover detective in an attempt to purchase Lortab. After the man, later identified as 24-year-old Andrew Huebschmann, got into the vehicle, detectives took him into custody.
As Huebschmann was being arrested, police say the other man in the car, identified as 26-year-old Aaron Henson of Texas, drove away in their vehicle.
Police say at first Henson defied detectives' orders to stop, but did pull over and was taken into custody before entering the roadway.
Investigators say they learned Henson had given Huebschmann money to purchase the Lortabs for him. When Henson entered the vehicle with the detective, he had the amount of money agreed upon to purchase the Lortabs on him. A small amount of money was seized as evidence from both individuals.
All four suspects are being held in the McCracken County Jail on the following charges:
Jeffrey Brooks: Theft of Controlled Substance Over $300.00 2nd or Subsequent Offense (two charges) (Both Class "C" felonies punishable by 5 - 10 years) and Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (A class "D" felony punishable by 1 - 5 years)
Brittany May: Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (A Class "D" felony, punishable by 1 - 5 years)
Andrew Huebschmann: Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense
Aaron Henson: Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree