Domestic call leads to drug trafficking bust

by Jackson Latta

Nikki Blackburn

Billy Derossett

PRESTONSBURG – Two Floyd county residents were arrested just before the holidays after a domestic call led to charges of drug trafficking.

According to court records, police responded to a domestic dispute in progress on November 25 in Prestonsburg. Kentucky State Police Trooper John Gabbard arrived at the apartment and announced himself. In his report he states that the occupants: Nikki Blackburn, 32, of Prestonsburg and Billy Derrossett, 32, of Dwale were both visibly intoxicated.

“There was a strong odor of marijuana through out the entire home and a marijuana roach was discovered in plain sight on the counter in front of several infant bottles,” Gabbard wrote in his report.

Gabbard sent Derossett to retrieve his ID, and noted a large sum of money when he retrieved his wallet from a small safe.

“Further inspection of the safe yielded a small notebook with several pages of ledger of narcotics trafficking, listing names, narcotics, cash amounts, and quantities sold,” Gabbard noted.

Upon inspection of the area around the safe, Gabbard says that he noticed a wall covering loose. Upon shining his light into the gap he noticed several “baggies with obvious pills in them.”

The narcotics recovered from the residence, 198 pills, included: 132 Xanax, 57 methadone tablets, 9 oxycodone (30 mg). Officers also retrieved $1648.00.

Both Blackburn and Derrossett were charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Both individuals were arrested, and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

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Billy Derossett Derossett

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