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7 of 12 indicted face meth-related counts

The Letcher County Grand Jury named 12 Letcher County residents in 14 indictments. Seven of the suspects face charges related to the sale or abuse of the highly-addictive drug methamphetamine. Those named are:

• Judith Kay Taylor, 58, also known as Judy Kay Taylor, of 617 Blair Branch, Jeremiah, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense, with firearm enhancement), use/possession of drug paraphernalia (with firearm enhancement), second-degree possession of controlled substance (with firearm enhancement), possession of marijuana (with firearm enhancement), and controlled substance prescription not in original container (with firearm enhancement).

In a second indictment, Taylor is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the cases.

• Jasmine N. Cornett, 26, also known as Jazmin D. Cornett, of 230 Buster Road, Millstone, and 150 Alaska Avenue, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense, with firearm enhancement), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia (with firearm enhancement), and two counts of receiving stolen property. The grand jury says Cornett had a silver Jennings 9mm semi-automatic handgun which had been stolen and a black and silver Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun which had been stolen.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Ryan Wayne Sexton, 37, of 581 Bentley Loop, Jenkins, who is charged with first-degree complicity to trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense, with firearm enhancement) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia (with firearm enhancement). Sexton is accused of acting with Richard Stamper in trafficking in methamphetamine.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Richard Cody Stamper, 23, of 7774 Ky. Hwy. 931 North, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree complicity to trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense, with firearm enhancement) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia (with firearm enhancement). Stamper is accused of acting with Ryan Wayne Sexton in trafficking in methamphetamine.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

• Holly Bradley, 31, of 696 Bates Fork, Hallie, who is charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy James Norris testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Bradley is accused of first-degree bail jumping by leaving the inpatient substance abuse treatment program at Lydia’s House against medical advice only one day after agreeing to enroll in and successfully complete a 90-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

Kristie Skeens of the Letcher County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office testified in the case.

• Benett Lee Polly, 33, of 128 Smokey Row, Jenkins, who is charged with trafficking marijuana, public intoxication (excludes alcohol), second-degree possession of controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer James Stephens testified in the case.

• Shelbert Marion Arnett, 41, of 1839 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, who is charged with failure to illuminate headlights, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/controlled substances, trafficking in marijuana, second-degree trafficking in controlled substance (Suboxone) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer Ryan Turner testified in the case.

• James Lee Arnett, 72, of 164 Ginger Drive, Jenkins, who is charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process. James Lee Arnett is accused of blocking the pickup truck of Joyce Arnett at Food City in Whitesburg after she had taken a criminal warrant or summons for assault against the defendant. The defendant is accused of then exiting his vehicle and telling her, “It wouldn’t take much for me to cut your guts out.”

Joyce Arnett testified in the case.

• Melissa Kay Caudill, 42, also known as Melissa Kay Brown and Melissa Kay Campbell, of 56 Landon Drive, Jeremiah, and P.O. Box 552, Fleming-Neon, who is charged with two counts of first-degree possession of controlled substance (opiates, second offense), two counts of third-degree possession of controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in proper container (second offense), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

Kentucky State Trooper Jarrett Fields testified in the case.

• Brianna A. Cornett, 28, of 5227 Thornton Road, Thornton, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (drug unspecified), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription controlled substance not in proper container (second offense).

Whitesburg Police Officer Jordan Clemons testified in the case.

• Andrew Blake Vaughn, 27, of 1257 Ky. Hwy. 7 South, Jeremiah, who is charged with rear license not illuminated, operating a motor vehicle on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Kentucky State Trooper Jarrett Fields testified in the case.

• Cameron Lee Riley, 20, of 92 JD Drive, Thornton, who is charged with failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, two counts of failure to or improper signal, disregarding stop sign, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, speeding 15 miles per hour over limit, first-degree wanton endangerment, criminal littering, disregard/fail to yield right of way, first-degree criminal mischief, failure to wear seatbelts, vehicle a noisy nuisance, first-degree fleeing or evading police (foot), reckless driving, careless driving, no/expired registration plates, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt and failure to produce insurance card.

Kentucky State Trooper Jarrett Fields testified in the case.

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