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Meth bust nets 3 arrests, more than $50,000 in cash

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James R. Boggess (Source: McCracken County Jail) James R. Boggess (Source: McCracken County Jail)
Frankie D. Fondaw (Source: McCracken County Jail) Frankie D. Fondaw (Source: McCracken County Jail)
David Landers (Source: McCracken County Jail) David Landers (Source: McCracken County Jail)
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A multi-agency drug investigation led to the arrests of three men in two different counties, the seizure of $10,000 worth of methamphetamine and more than $56,000 of drug money.

James "Jimmy" Boggess, Frankie Fondaw, and David Landers were arrested following a 12 hour long joint investigation.

The investigation began when Marshall and McCracken county sheriff's departments drug detectives received a tip alleging that James Boggess was in possession of and selling large amounts of crystal meth.

McCracken detectives found Boggess' home and served a search warrant at 630 North 32nd Street Paducah, Ky.

Deputies found Boggess at the Exit 16 truck stop. He was found to be in possession of more than $5,000 worth of crystal meth, an undisclosed amount of money believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives found more US currency believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, drug paraphernalia, and additional meth at Boggess' home. Boggess was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail for trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Boggess is currently on parole for drug trafficking offenses.

A short time later, detectives from Marshall, McCracken, Graves, and Livingston counties sheriff's departments, as well as the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on Belcher Road in the Tiline area of Livingston County.

Frankie Fondaw and David Landers were found sleeping with loaded semi-automatic handguns in the home. Fondaw is a convicted felon and was wanted on an outstanding probation violation warrant.

Police found more than $5,000 worth of crystal meth as well as more than $54,000 in US currency, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. A large cache of guns and ammunition was also located and seized by detectives. Detectives also learned that Landers had equipped his home with motion sensors and surveillance equipment. Numerous items believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales were seized as part of the investigation. Fondaw and Landers were both taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail on various offenses.

The suspects are accused of distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of crystal methamphetamine in western Kentucky.

The investigation spanned three different counties.

A substantial dent was made in a dangerous methamphetamine organization, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

James R. Boggess, 49, of North 32nd Street in Paducah is charged with trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance methamphetamine 2nd (A class "B" felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison possession) of drug paraphernalia.

Frankie D. Fondaw, 31, of Belcher Road in Tiline is charged with firearm enhanced trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance methamphetamine-(A class "B" felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison possession) and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon (A class "C" felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison).

David Landers, 61, of Belcher Road in Tiline is charged with firearm enhanced trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance methamphetamine-(A class "B" felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison possession), Firearm enhanced possession of marijuana and firearm enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those with information about illegal drug crimes are asked to call 270-444-5157.

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