A Gordon man was arrested on several drug-related charges Tuesday evening after police found marijuana and controlled substances in his residence.
More than three pounds of processed marijuana, 200 pain pills and $2,500 in cash were seized on Feb. 16 from the residence of Jerry Halcomb, 46, of 378 Valley Branch Road.
Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said some of the marijuana was found in gallon-size bags and some was packaged to sell.
Four different types of controlled substances were seized including Loratab, Xanax, hydrocodone and Tramadal.
A set of digital weighing scales and several guns including a sawed-off shotgun were also found in the residence.
Halcomb is charged with second degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax and Tramadal) and possession of marijuana.
Damron, Sgt. Jason Bates and Deputy Michael Burton with the sheriff ’s department and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
Damron said Jim Revis, director of Letcher County E-911, and Paul Miles, director of Letcher County Emergency Management, helped with the case by allowing the sheriff ’s department to view Halcomb’s residence using the county’s pictometry program.
Damron said the residence is located in a secluded area and he was able to see an overview of the residence and the surrounding layout. Police used the pictometry program to plan avenues of approach to the residence.
Damron said the sheriff ’s department is in the process of using pictometry as a part of everyday responsibilities.
Sheriff Danny Webb said many of the recent drug cases have been solved because citizens are calling the sheriff ’s department and letting police know where drugs are being sold. The sheriff ’s department keeps a log of citizen complaints and uses that when investigating drug trafficking in the county.
Webb said he received several citizen complaints from residents in Gordon about Halcomb.
Damron has charge of the investigation.