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4th person charged in connection with separate McCracken Co. drug investigations

Justin D. Ligon (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Justin D. Ligon (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Tania R. Hopkins (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Tania R. Hopkins (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Casey R. Pennington (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Casey R. Pennington (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Richard R. Ramage (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Richard R. Ramage (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A fourth person was arrested after separate drug investigations in McCracken County, Kentucky.

Justin Ligon, 35, of Paducah, is awaiting extradition on criminal charges.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, they issued an arrest warrant for Justin Ligon, charging him with firearm enhanced trafficking methamphetamine over 2 grams, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

They say United State Marshals helped detectives, and they believed they had found Ligon's location at a hotel in Metropolis, Ill.

With the help of the Metropolis Police Department and the Illinois State Police, McCracken County detectives and U.S. marshals saw Ligon try to leave the hotel. They took Ligon into custody after a brief chase.

While running, Ligon allegedly threw a bag that he was seen carrying out of the hotel.

Detectives say in a search of Ligon and the bag, they found more than $15,000 in cash, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. They also allegedly found meth, drug paraphernalia and a knife.

According to detectives, Ligon allegedly positioned the knife on his clothes so that it would be easily accessible.

Detectives say the Metropolis Police Department will coordinate new criminal charges against Ligon.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department arrested three other people Monday night, Nov. 2, after executing two search warrants in McCracken County.

Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 2624 Estes Lane in McCracken County on Monday at about 9 p.m.

Authorities arrested Casey Pennington, 40, of Gilbertsville, Ky., Tania Hopkins, 29, of Paducah, and Richard Ramage, 61, also of Paducah.

During a search of the home and vehicles on the property, detectives found numerous plastic baggies of crystal methamphetamine that was packaged for sale, marijuana, doses of Xanax, digital scales and assorted items of drug paraphernalia.

Pennington was charged with complicity to trafficking in methamphetamine, Hopkins was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Xanax and possession of marijuana, and Ramage was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate investigation, detectives executed a search warrant at the home of 35-year-old Justin Ligon.

Ligon wasn’t home when detectives arrived.

During a search of the home, detectives found methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales, a 9mm handgun and a shotgun.

Ligon is a convicted felon, stemming from a prior conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine, and cannot legally own or possess a firearm.

Detectives got an arrest warrant for Ligon and were actively searching for him when he was found about a week later.

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