TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Four people now face drug charges in Whitley County after a joint investigation between the Williamsburg Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Federal charges may soon follow.
The investigation was to uncover evidence concerning the illegal sale of crystal meth and heroin in Williamsburg and Whitley County.
According to Chief Wayne Bird, his department, along with Kentucky State Police, responded to 2564 KY-204 acting on information received from a previous drug arrest in the Mount Morgan community of Williamsburg.
Bird said when officers arrived, they found 42-year-old Tony G. Petrey and his girlfriend, 41-year-old Mary Cureton, inside what officers believe to be a known drug house in the Canadatown community.
The chief said a pat-down search of Petrey allegedly revealed approximately 5 grams of suspected black tar heroin, approximately 2 grams of crystal meth, and $2,416.
Cureton was arrested on a failure to appear warrant and later allegedly found to be in possession of crystal meth as well.
Petrey remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center and faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin), a second charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. He is under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet requirement.
Cureton remains jailed in the detention center facing charges of failure to appear, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and first-degree promoting contraband. She is under a $25,000 cash bond.
Bird said the next day, acting on additional information, officers with his department, the Kentucky State Police, and the ATF responded to the residence of 47-year-old David W. Powers, 383 Hamblin Hollow Road.
Bird said Powers gave officers consent to search the home for persons or drugs.
He added that while searching the basement, officers found 38-year-old Robert S. Sheppard allegedly hiding in a closet.
Sheppard is a fugitive from Louisiana wanted for a parole violation.
Bird said a further search of the basement revealed numerous loaded firearms allegedly in the possession and control of Sheppard, along with a meth lab discovered inside a backpack.
Sheppard was arrested and now faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, manufacturing methamphetamine, and fugitive from another state. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond for his Whitley County charges.
Powers was also arrested and now faces charges of second-degree hindering prosecution and apprehension, and his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine. He remains jailed in the detention center under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet requirement.
Bird said the joint investigation continues.
Officers assisting in the investigation include K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt, Officer Brandon White and Bird, as well as KSP troopers Les Moses and Tony Dingess, Special Agent Todd Tremaine with the ATF, and Constable Ron Bowling.