Three people were arrested by the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office on drug charges after two separate incidents Wednesday, according to MCSO press releases distributed Friday.
At approximately 1 p.m., Deputy Jarrod Steele went with members of the Kentucky Department of Protection and Permanency to a residence on Glen Shaw Road in rural Metcalfe County in reference to a complaint of child endangerment.
During the course of the investigation, the property owner, April McCoy, 38, gave consent to search the residence, and during the search Steele recovered several items of drug paraphernalia, which included several syringes, and a small amount of methamphetamine. The items were recovered from McCoy’s person as well as throughout the residence. Another individual, Christopher Hollingsworth, 43, was found inside the residence. Several items of drug paraphernalia were recovered from his clothing, as well as a small amount of marijuana and methamphetamine, all alleged according to one of the press releases.
Also present inside the home were children ages 3, 6, 12, and 16. Both adult individuals were transported to the Barren County Detention Center with both facing charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (drug unspecified); endangering the welfare of a minor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hollingsworth is additionally facing a marijuana-possession charge.
At approximately 10 p.m., Deputy Logan Richardson was on patrol on Mount Moriah Road in the Summer Shade community when he observed a 1996 Jeep Cherokee being driving in a careless manner and initiated a traffic stop. Upon contact with the operator, identified as Douglas Pennycuff, 61, of Albany, Logan determined the operator was under the influence of a controlled substance and placed Pennycuff under arrest, according to the second press release.
A search of Pennycuff’s vehicle following his arrest yielded approximately 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia, according to that press release. Pennycuff was transported to the Barren County Detention Center and charged with careless driving; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, second offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine).