MARTIN – Not more than two weeks after initiating a tip line residents can call into without the concern for their privacy or safety, sheriff’s deputies this past weekend arrested three Martin residents on drug charges.
According to the sheriff’s department, the office got the tip about suspicious activity on Saturday, Aug. 1.
“After receiving anonymous tips, Sheriff Hunt and deputies responded to high volume traffic going to two different residences located on Chestnut Street,” Hunt’s office said in a press release Tuesday. “Upon obtaining sufficient evidence, sheriff deputies secured search warrants for the premises of James Nunemaker and Janet Crum, as well as the residence of Edgar Brown.”
During the search, deputies said they turned up oxycodone tablets, marijuana, drug scales, pipes, and other drug paraphernalia. Following the search, Nunemaker and Crum were taken into custody. Both were charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Edgar Brown was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hunt credits the arrests to his office’s newly implemented tip line.
“I am very pleased with the response that we have received thus far from the community,” Hunt said. “We are not only getting tips, but good tips. We are getting tips that contain very good information such as who, what, where and when illegal activity is taking place. It wouldn’t surprise me if we have received a tip or two from drug dealers giving us tips about their competition.”
Hunt said more charges are likely to come following continued investigation into the three Martin residents.
The anonymous tip line number is (606) 949-2020.
Sheldon Compton is a staff writer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.