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9 arrested in meth investigation

Staff report

Detectives made nine arrests for methamphetamine-related offenses Wednesday and Thursday in an investigation involving several agencies, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department announced Friday.

The first arrests were made Wednesday night and led to the arrest Thursday in Graves County of a Tennessee man authorities believe to be the source of the methamphetamine. The man was arrested with about half a pound of the drug with him.

About 8 p.m. Wednesday, deputies conducted a traffic stop in Lone Oak on a vehicle occupied by Salem resident Betty Rogers, 42, and Smithland resident Eric McDowell, 33. Deputies found meth and scales inside the vehicle.

Rogers and McDowell were arrested and jailed. Rogers faces driving violations. Both face charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

About 8:45, detectives stopped a vehicle driven by Paducah resident William "Brian" Cathey, 44, on Blandville Road. During the stop, Cathey dropped meth on the ground and attempted to conceal it, police said. He was arrested.

Detectives obtained a warrant and searched Cathey's residence on Highland Church Road on Thursday morning. Cathey ultimately was cited for driving violations and charged with trafficking in meth and tampering with physical evidence.

During the search of Cathey's home, detectives found Paducah resident David Frensley, 45, and Metropolis, Illinois, resident Megan Parkins, 28. According to the sheriff's department, Parkins tried to hide meth behind a TV while officers were entering. Frensley and Parkins were arrested, and detectives seized meth packaged for sale, scales, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Frensley was charged with trafficking in meth and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Parkins was charged with possession of meth, marijuana and paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

Police said that while officers were at the home, Frensley's cellphone began receiving messages from Paducah residents Jeri McKenzie, 24, and Anthony McIntosh, 26, about wanting to buy methamphetamine. Detectives communicated with them through text messages and agreed to sell them the drug.

The pair arrived a short time later and were arrested. Each was charged with solicitation to possess meth.

Detectives also obtained a search warrant for the Forrest Avenue residence of Samuel LeFevre, 37, on Wednesday night. That warrant was served Thursday morning as well, and LeFevre was arrested after meth, marijuana, digital scales and cash were found in the home.

LeFevre was charged with possession of each of the drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Detectives identified a Tennessee man as the source of the meth supply, according to the sheriff's department. Detectives determined that the man drove from his home in Tennessee to western Kentucky to sell large quantities of meth.

A joint investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of Mauricio Ramirez, 22, of Union City, after he drove to the Mayfield area to deliver crystal meth.

He was arrested by detectives with the Kentucky State Police and charged with meth trafficking.

Sheriff's detectives seized about 280 grams of meth during the investigation. According to the sheriff's department, meth normally sells for $100 a gram in western Kentucky, meaning the seized drugs had an estimated street value of $28,000. 

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department expects more arrests. The investigation has involved detectives from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the Graves County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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