DAVID – Four people were arrested late week on crystal meth related charges in the David community following an extensive investigation by Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.
Times Staff were on the scene last Thursday evening when Sheriff John Hunt and deputies executed a search warrant on the residence of Martin Shepherd in the Open Fork community of David.
Hunt said that the search was the culmination of numerous complaints and a lengthy investigation into illegal drug activity at Martin Shepherd’s residence over the last several months.
“I bet 90 percent of our calls from the David area are related to this bunch,” said Hunt.
During the search of Martin Shepherd’s residence, deputies found two separate active meth labs including one located under the residence and another, still boiling, inside a clothes washing machine.
Deputies also discovered finished product crystal meth and all the precursors including lithium batteries, sudafed, liquid drano, cold packs and other materials used in the creating of crystal meth. Hunt said following the raid that the fumes were so thick inside the residence that he got choked immediately upon entering.
During the raid, four persons were arrested and charged with the following:
- Brent Hale, 40, of Blue River, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree.
- Heather Miller, 44, of David, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree.
- Courtney Nicole Jordan, 29, of Gunlock, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree.
- Martin Shepherd, 69, of David, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree.
All four individuals were arrested, decontaminated on site by Kentucky State Police, then transported to the Floyd County Detention Center.
Also arrested on a separate search warrant in the same area was Bill Tom Shepherd, 64, of David. Bill Tom Shepherd was arrested at his Shepherds Quick Mart & Tanning charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to Hunt, the raid of Bill Tom Shepherd’s store was linked to the sale of synthetic marijuana following a reported overdose of the substance.
All five men were arraigned Monday in Floyd District Court. Miller and Jordan are each being held on a $4000 cash bond. Martin Shepherd and Brent Hale are being held on $5000 cash bond each. Bill Tom Shepherd was released on a $25,000 surety bond.
Preliminary hearings for all parties are scheduled for December 28, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
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