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4 of 8 drug suspects arrested in single home now in rehab


Four of eight people arrested from one house last week for methamphetamine possession have opted to enter rehab, and have already been placed at centers, Sheriff Mickey Stines said.

Under Kentucky law, deferred prosecution is the preferred outcome for first-time offenders, and “presumptive probation” is the preferred outcome for second offenses.

All eight last week were arrested Wednesday, April 17, after Deputy Sheriffs Josh Pease and James Norris attempted to serve a warrant on someone inside the home of Justin Adams on Arthur’s Loop at Jeremiah, but no one would answer the door. Stines said District Court Bailiff Ben Fields called Brittany Looney, who was on house arrest at that address, and told her to open the door for the officers who were on scene. When she did, Stines said, deputies arrested Jonathan C. Ramey, 34, of Mayking, on an indictment warrant for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender; and a separate warrant for absconding parole supervision.

Three others in the house had outstanding warrants. A search of the house turned up methamphetamines, non-narcotic prescription pills in a candy dish on the coffee table, and several needles and other items of drug paraphernalia, Stines said.

Since no one in the house would say to whom the methamphetamines belonged, everyone there was charged with possession of methamphetamines.

In addition to the warrants, Ramey is now facing the meth possession charge and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Justin Adams, 32, of 309 Arthur’s Loop, Jeremiah, is charged in warrants with probation violation, failure to appear for arraignment, and, as a result of the incident last week, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marshall Smith, 39, of 128 Moonshine Drive, Whitesburg, is charged in a warrant with failure to appear for arraignment, and was charged last Wednesday with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Donald R. Shepherd, 23, of 6813 Hwy 15 North, Whitesburg, is charged in warrants with failure to appear for pretrial conference, violating a court order by leaving drug rehab against court orders, and failure to appear for status hearing. He was charged last Wednesday with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the citation, Shepherd had a small bag of meth and a pipe in his pocket, in addition to the larger quantity found in the house.

Elizabeth H. Brett, 19, of 1110 Doty Creek, Jeremiah, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana for allegedly having a jar of marijuana.

Faron Banks, 30, of 243 Tickle Road, Deane, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brittany Looney, 29, of 309 Arthur’s Loop, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mary G. Roberts, 29, of 220 Smith Creek, Eolia, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (meth).

First-degree possession of a controlled substance is a felony punishable by no more than three years in prison, but most arrested on first or second offenses will spend no time in prison under Kentucky law.

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