An eight-month investigation by the Barren River Drug Task Force resulted in a 22-count indictment and 12 people being arrested for drug trafficking, organized crime and other charges. The investigation revealed that numerous pounds of crystal methamphetamine were being distributed in Barren County through this criminal organization, according to a DTF press release.
The investigation concluded with a round up titled "Fall Harvest." The DTF confiscated approximately $14,000 worth of illegal drugs with approximately 136 grams of crystal meth along with marijuana, prescription pills and two handguns. Nov. 18-22, the DTF arrested and charged the following individuals, all of whom were charged with engaging in organized crime and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), greater than or equal to 2 grams, although the number previous offenses for the latter charge varied, and some of whom face additional charges as noted:
• John A. Johnson, 34, of Glasgow – first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense (opiates), greater than or equal to 10 D.U.;
• James Santillis Franklin, 40, of Horse Cave – tampering with physical evidence, failure to or improper signal and first-degree persistent felony offender;
• Taryn B. Hill, 22, of Glasgow;
• Courtnie M. Pruitt, 34, of Glasgow – third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana;
• Dusty C. Smith, 24, of Glasgow;
• Ralph Steven McCandless, 44, of Glasgow – first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine) less than 2 grams;
• Jalleem W. Bailey, 21, of Glasgow – tampering with physical evidence and second-degree persistent felony offender;
• Ally F. Robertson, 20, of Glasgow; and
• Miles J. Pruitt, 31, of Glasgow.
Additionally, Donna Bartell, 55, of Glasgow was charged with trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces) and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.
While executing the arrest warrants, the DTF also charged 35-year-old Monteze L. Moore and 39-year-old Joseph R. Slayton, both of Glasgow, with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second offense.
The DTF has one additional indictment warrant for a suspect that had not been located as of the time of the Wednesday press release, it stated.
All were lodged in the Barren County Detention Center. The DTF was assisted in the investigation by the Barren County Sheriff's Office and Glasgow Police Department.
An unrelated press release Wednesday from the DTF advised of an arrest at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The DTF and BCSO responded to 216 Mayhew Road to assist the Kentucky Division of Probation and Parole on a drug investigation.
The resident, 37-year-old Elizabeth Osborn gave consent to search, and officers found suspected methamphetamine, two loaded syringes, digital scales and meth pipes inside the residence, according to the press release.
Osborn and Samuel E. Wheeler, 40, were charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia and were lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.