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3 arrested in Paducah after heroin trafficking investigation

Three men were arrested and two others issued criminal citations after a joint investigation by the Paducah Police Department, the Massac County Sheriff's Department and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

The suspects include: Mario Cooperwood, 39, and Gregory D. Carter, 28, both of Chicago, Ill.; and Bradley W. Dye, 40; Steve D. Knotts, 46; and Amanda J. Jones, 43, all of Brookport, Ill.

The Massac County Sheriff's Department and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force had been investigating a heroin trafficking ring and discovered that the illegal operation was spilling over the state line into McCracken County.

The Massac County Sheriff's Department says they passed the information along to the Paducah Police Department's Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit, which began investigating possible heroin trafficking in McCracken County.

At about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the McCracken County Deputy Steve Croft, along with members of the DAVE Unit, stopped a vehicle on Jack Paxton drive that was operated by Steve D. Knotts.

During the traffic stop, Deputy Croft learned that Knotts was charged in an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on unrelated traffic offenses. A passenger in the car, Amanda J. Jones was served two criminal summonses for an unrelated harassment complaint.

Another passenger, Bradley W. Dye, consented to a seach of his person, during which DAVE officers found nine individual packages of heroin. During an interview, Dye admitted to Det. Sgt. Will Gilbert that he had been trafficking in heroin.

Further investigation led the detectives to a hotel located in the 2500 block of Lone Oak Road, just outside the Paducah city limits in McCracken County. The police department says a search warrant was obtained. Inside the room, investigators found Mario Cooperwood and Gregory Carter, who was in possession of a small bag of marijuana. A search of the room yielded 49 individual packages of heroin with an estimated street value of $2,450. Cooperwood was interviewed and arrested on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance. Carter was cited on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Dye, Knotts and Cooperwood were all booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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