An investigation that spanned four counties led to the arrest of seven people, six on drug charges.
Ramsey Hayes, 35, of Benton was arrested Monday after being accused of selling cocaine in the parking lot of the Walmart on Irvin Cobb Drive, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department said. He is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Police accused Hayes of selling cocaine to Nicholas McLeod, 22, of Paducah, and McLeod of selling it to someone else. As the investigation continued, McLeod and Bradley Hicks, 37, also of Paducah, were accused of obtaining prescription medication, then selling pills to another male and were arrested in the 1500 block of Broadway. McLeod is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and Hicks faces a charge of complicity to traffick in a controlled substance, police said.
Hicks was a resident of the Paducah Community Service Center on probation for numerous felonies, police added.
Detectives then went undercover and spoke with Montie Roberts, 56, of Brookport, Ill., who they say wanted to buy cocaine. When officers approached her, she gave doses of amphetamine to Waylon Knott in an attempt to conceal them, and Knott accepted, police said. Roberts is charged with solicitation to possess cocaine, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and trafficking in a controlled substance. Knott, 41, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and operating on a suspended license.
Detectives communicated via Facebook with Danny Dale, 29, of Fulton. Detectives agreed to purchase 1 pound of marijuana from Dale. Detectives later located Dale and Ronald Lewis in the parking lot of Huck's on Lone Oak Road. They observed marijuana in Lewis' lap, and both men were taken into custody. Detectives seized more than 1 pound of marijuana from the passenger compartment of the car, police said. Dale faces a charge of trafficking marijuana, more than 8 ounces, while Lewis is charged with complicity to traffic marijuana, more than 8 ounces.
Hayes had been arrested previously and convicted of cocaine possession. McLeod had also been arrested before and convicted for felony wanton endangerment that stemmed from a shooting. Hicks has been convicted of other felonies, the most recent a 2013 manufacturing methamphetamine conviction in Marshall County, police added.