A Letcher County woman and three Ohio men were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin after police and sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant Sunday night at the woman’s home in Woodrock near Blackey.
Sheriff Mickey Stines said the arrests occurred after Deputy Seth Whitaker opened an investigation into a Facebook account with the name Baggs. Whitaker said a witness told him that three men from Ohio had the Facebook account and that they were at a home belonging to Gina (Jina) Johnson Back at Woodrock. Whitaker obtained a search warrant for the home, and served it about 11:30 p.m. Sunday along with Stines, Deputy Alexis Stambaugh, officers from Whitesburg and Jenkins Police Departments and a drug dog owned by the Jenkins P.D.
According to the citation, police found unused plastic bags; multiple small bags, two broken glass pipes, a set of scales and a glass, all with drug residue; a crystalized substance believed to be methamphetamine; and a needle containing a brown substance believed to be heroin. Police also found $4,105 in cash. Photos taken by the sheriff’s office show stacks of cash with $100, $50 and $20 bills on top. Stines said some of the money was in the pockets of one of the men present and some was hidden in a cabinet.
Back was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine), trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified drug). A cash bond of $17,500 has been set for her.
Also arrested were the three Ohio men found at Back’s home. Diangelo Kerley, 27, of Dayton, Ohio, Dauzarae Curry, 19, address unknown, and Dhandre Wright, 20, address unknown, were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine), trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (heroin), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kerley is being held in the Letcher County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond. Curry and Wright each have bonds of $10,000 cash.
Stines praised his deputies for their work in investigating the case and making the arrests.
“The short staff we’ve got and as busy as we are, they’re doing a fantastic job,” Stines said. “That’s not tooting my horn, that’s tooting their horn.”
Stines said other charges may be filed. He said there was a large amount of anti-addiction drug Suboxone found at the house that has not yet been included in the charges.