Cops make drug bust in Paducah

2013-12-17T17:00:00Z Cops make drug bust in PaducahTHE SOUTHERN The Southern
December 17, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

An execution of a search warrant Monday by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department revealed a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at a Paducah residence. Seven were arrested in connection with the drug bust.

Detectives with the department conducted an investigation of 940 Martin Luther King Drive in Paducah after receiving information of alleged illegal drug activity at the residence.

While en route to execute the warrant, sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Jessie J. Young who was attempting to leave the residence. Deputies found Young to be in possession of a syringe and meth.

The 32-year old Paducah resident was charged with failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to be in possession of a license, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, a class D felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.

Meanwhile, at the residence additional sheriff’s deputies observed Dustin R. Giller, 34, of Paducah, jumping from a second-story window of the residence and fleeing on foot. After a short chase, Giller was apprehended.

A search of the residence turned up five meth labs, quantities of meth, digital scales and other items associated with meth manufacturing, including ammonia nitrate, lithium, syringes and Coleman fuel. Some of the labs were active.

Corinna M. Myers, Faith Tidwell, Trisha L. Little and Christopher M. Fernandez were inside the house, along with an infant and young child, at the time of the search.

Giller was manufacturing meth inside the home for approximately two months. Young, Tidwell and Meyers purchased additional precursors to aid in Giller’s manufacturing process in exchange for meth. The investigation also revealed two children were occasionally present while the drug was being made.

The Paducah resident has a history of meth manufacturing. He was convicted in 2010 of the crime and received a 20-year sentence, but was released on parole. He has four prior convictions for fleeing the police.

Giller was charged with fleeing or evading police on foot, five counts of 2nd offense manufacturing of meth, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and fourth degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

The second meth manufacturing offense is a class A felony that carries a 20 years to life in prison sentence.

Timothy A. Copley, 39, of Metropolis, arrived at the residence during the search and was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Little, 26, of Paducah was charged with complicity to manufacture meth, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of meth, drug paraphernalia and fourth degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

The complicity to manufacture charge is a class B felony and carries a 10 to 20-year prison sentence.

Tidwell, 18, of Marion, Ky., was charged with unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, possession of meth, drug paraphernalia and fourth degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

The unlawful distribution charge is a class D felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.

Meyers, 34, of Paducah, was charged with complicity to manufacture meth, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and fourth degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

Fernandez, 23, of Marion, Ky., was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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