COLUMBIA — Twenty-eight people were arrested Wednesday, mostly in Monroe County, by the Kentucky State Police's drug enforcement special investigations unit culminating a three-year investigation into a large scale methamphetamine drug syndicate reaching Allen, Warren, Barren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Powell and Monroe counties.
Detectives with the state police in Columbia and Bowling Green, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit, state police K-9 Unit and the state police's special response team, along with the Bowling Green/Warren County Drug Task Force, the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, the Barren/Edmonson/Allen County Drug Task Force, the Allen County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Tompkinsville Police Department all assisted in making the arrests, according to a state police press release.
Nine guns, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, an anhydrous ammonia tank and a drug ledger were seized.
The following individuals were charged with engaging in organized crime and lodged in the Monroe County jail: Melissa Bryant, 35, Tompkinsville; David Sparks, 45, Tompkinsville; Chasity Cain, 35, Tompkinsville; Kenny Pennington, 50, Tompkinsville; Jonathan Chad Scott, 39, Tompkinsville; Jimmy Dale Wood, 49, Smiths Grove; Steve Mayhew, 39, Bowling Green; Rodney Scott, 41, Burkesville; Chad Emberton, 35, Tompkinsville; Kyrstal Emberton, 27, Tompkinsville; Terry Strode, 41, Tompkinsville; Craig Scott, 31, Fountain Run; Jennifer M. Teeters, 31, Tompkinsville; Brian McCue, 45, Gamaliel; Christopher Scott, 32, Fountain Run; Patrick Wagoner, 43, Scottsville; Michael Parker, 47, Park City; Lesa Booker, 53, Smiths Grove; Thomas A. Payne, 51, Smiths Grove; Cynthia Stebbins, 48, Smiths Grove; Jason Jones, 43, Smiths Grove; Richard Wilson, 50, Smiths Grove; Michael Lowe, 39, Glasgow; Anthony Vernon, 43, Glasgow; Warner Clint Miller, 39, Fountain Run; William Patrick Pullum, Glasgow; and Vandy Moore, Bowling Green.
Also arrested but lodged in the Powell County jail was Cardellia Murphy, 46, of Clay City, the press release stated.
The law enforcement agencies are continuing their investigation and more arrests are pending.
There are several indictments that are still sealed, according to DE/SI West Detective Gary Travis.
To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, call the state police toll-free drug tip hotline at 1-800-DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.