GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Five people were taken into custody after agents confiscated more than 50 pounds of crystal meth along with guns and around $90,000 after an investigation in western Kentucky and Tennessee.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon calls it one of the largest crystal methamphetamine seizures in ever in Kentucky. He says the methamphetamine seized in this case has an estimated street value of $2,400,900 at street value of $100 per gram.
Abbie G Jones, 53, of the Water Valley community was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Graves County Jail.
John C. Slingland, 69, of Water Valley faces federal charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. He was taken to the Christian County Jail.
Jamie Readnour , 34, of Ringo, was charged with DUI, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Graves County Jail.
Richard Omar, 55, of Fulgham, was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of handgun/firearm by a convicted felon. He was taken to the Hickman Co. Jail.
Jeffery Creason , 50, of Fulgham, was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of handgun/firearm by a convicted felon. He was taken to the Hickman Co. Jail.
The Graves County Sheriff's Office says additional charges and arrests are likely in the near future.
The joint drug trafficking investigation was by the Graves County Sheriff's Department, McCracken County Sheriff's Office, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Hickman County Sheriff's Office and Carlisle County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Redmon says law enforcement had gotten information alleging John Slingland and Abbie Jones were involved in the upper level distribution of methamphetamine. In addition, it was alleged that Richard Omar was also involved in trafficking illegal drugs as well as the trading of guns. Both Slingland and Omar are convicted felons with prior drug offenses.
During the course of the investigation, detectives found Slingland and Jones' residence in southern Graves County and other properties in which they had an interest. Omar's home and another possible location of illegal drugs and guns were also found in Hickman and Carlisle Counties.
The investigation quickly progressed to the respective agencies buying quantities of crystal methamphetamine from Slingland and Jones. The location of properties in Tennessee and Kentucky were again confirmed during this course of the investigation.
On the Friday, October 4, law enforcement the Kentucky State Police, US Marshals, and the DEA executed a search warrant at Slingland and Jones' home on Kingston Road in southern Graves County.
During the warrant, Redmon says Slingland tried to hide from officials, but was taken into custody. After searching the property, two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, more than five pounds of marijuana, and 25 firearms and over $50,000, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, was seized. Law enforcement also seized five vehicles from Slingland and Jones that were believed to be used to distribute the methamphetamine in Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.
As law enforcement continued the search, a vehicle driven by Jamie Readnour was seen in the area on a number of occasions. Graves County Sheriff's Deputies later stopped the vehicle and Readnour was taken into custody charged with DUI. After searching the vehicle, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found, according to Redmon.
As the investigation continued, agents went to a home in northwest Tennessee and confiscated an additional 51 pounds of highly concentrated crystal methamphetamine. The stash house was identified as a piece of property that had been rented by Slingland and Jones to aid their drug trafficking, according to Redmon.
Later in the day, law enforcement continued to follow leads from their investigation as a Kentucky State Police drug detective issued a search warrant for Richard Omar's home on State Route 703 in Clinton.
During that search, more than $38,000, over five pounds of marijuana, 16 guns, and more crystal methamphetamine were found by law enforcement. While at the home, detectives took Jeffery Creason, a brother to Richard Omar into custody. Detectives found Omar hiding in a garage on Moss Road in Hickman County.
Later that night, law enforcement conducted a subsequent investigation at another location on Bugg Road in Hickman County and confiscated a shotgun and short barrel assault rifle believed to be owned by Richard Omar.