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A Letcher Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Jenkins man arrested last month on methamphetamine charges.

It is one of 11 indictments returned Thursday against 10 people in Letcher Circuit Court.

Brian Paul Broome, 41, of 24 Little Oak Street in Jenkins, is charged with first degree complicity with Heather Moore, Emily Caudill and Barry Kinny in trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), complicity with Heather Moore, Emily Caudill and Barry Kinny in first degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), and buy/posses drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins Police Officer Michael Garner made a traffic stop in downtown Jenkins on KY 805 about 7 p.m. that day, and arrested Broome on an outstanding warrant. Garner wrote in his citation that when Broome stepped out of the car, he set a black case on the seat and handed something to Heather Dorthea Moore, 42, of Elkhorn Ave., who was seated beside him.

Garner said he checked the case and found a scale with a white powdery substance and a glass vial, also containing a white powdery substance. Garner said when he searched Moore, he found another bag containing several smaller baggies containing a total of about 10 grams of crystal meth.

Garner said he also found a metal case with six pills believed to be Xanax, and several other loose pills. After placing Moore in the backseat of his car, Garner said he noticed her “moving around.” He wrote that he found a small baggie with white powder lying on the seat where she had been sitting, though he had searched the backseat of the cruiser before putting her in it.

Jenkins Police Chief Josh Richardson testified in the grand jury case against Broome.

The grand jury indicted another man on charges of trafficking methamphetamine after a traffic accident near Isom.

Dwayne A. Sexton, 49, of Scrapshin Branch on Rockhouse, was arrested February 15 after a single vehicle wreck on KY 7 North. KSP Trooper Brandon Watts wrote in his citation that when he arrived at the accident, he observed that Sexton was unsteady on his feet and was holding the car door in order to stand. Watts said Sexton told him he dodged a branch lying in the road and ran into the ditch.

He said Sexton spoke with a slurred voice and could not pass a sobriety test. Watts wrote that he arrested Sexton and searched him, finding a small bag of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. On searching the vehicle, Watts said, he found 18 more bags totaling 40 grams of the suspected meth, scales, a butane lighter, glass pipe and numerous individual bags.

Watts wrote that the small bags of suspected meth had been marked in red ink with a weights and prices.

Watts served a search warrant on Sexton’s home and outbuildings on February 16. According to the return on that warrant, police located 141 orange pills believed to be Ritalin, nine similar orange pills also believed to be Ritalin, a bag of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, three sets of digital scales, a bag containing five packets of a white, powdery substance, a .38 Special revolver, a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, and a bag containing other bags “inscribed Jessica’s to keep.”

The grand jury charged Sexton with three counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), delivering/manufacturing drug paraphernalia, five counts of buy/possess drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, etc. (first offense), no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, and failure to produce insurance card.

Watts testified in the case.

Others indicted by the grand jury are:

• Mandie Potter, 21, of 5280 Hwy. 805, Cromona, is charged with third degree arson and falsely reporting an incident. Potter is accused of causing destruction or damage to her home by intentionally starting a fire, and causing a false fire alarm to be transmitted to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department.

Officer Alisha Congleton of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Andrea Leigh King, 40, of 12121 Hwy. 160, Whitesburg, is accused of first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, Oxycodone), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, etc. (first offense), controlled substance prescription not in original container (first offense), license not in possession, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, failure to wear seat belts, and reckless driving.

Kentucky State Trooper Brandon Watts testified in the case.

• Tony Michael Smith, 56, also known as Randy Hardin, of 113498 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is accused of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, cocaine), second degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), third degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), trafficking in marijuana (first offense), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and first degree being a persistent felony offender.

In a second indictment, Smith is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and first degree being a persistent felony offender.

According to the citation filed in the case, police found the items after several troopers went to Smith’s home with state Probation and Parole Officer Kevin Bowling for a home visit and saw suspected cocaine in plain view in Smith’s bedroom. Trooper J. Rouse wrote that after Smith was arrested and read his rights, he told officers he had two ounces of cocaine and three ounces of marijuana stored in ammunition boxes in his bedroom. Police also found suspected Xanax, Clonaaapam and Suboxone in a toolbox, and digital scales, police said.

Kentucky State Trooper Josh Richardson testified in the cases.

• Andrew J. Amburgey, 34, of 10 Amburgey Drive, Vicco, is charged with first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and failure to wear seat belts.

Officer Alisha Congleton of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Anthony Hollyfield, 44, of 61 Quiet Row, Jenkins, is accused of first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and no operator’s/moped license.

Officer Alisha Congleton of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• The grand jury charges Michael D. Rayburn Jr., 41, of 130 Church St., Whitesburg, with first degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana.

Sgt. Raymond Barry Engle of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testified in the case.

• Andrea Nicole Hampton, 35, of 219 Hampton’s Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with first degree bail jumping and being a persistent felony offender.

Probation and Parole Officer Jenna Caudill testified in the case.

• Aaron L. Caudill, 23, of 192 Jefferson St., Blackey, is charged with first degree bail jumping.

Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

• Timothy C. McClain, 45, of 2571 Hwy. 3406, Jenkins, is charged with first degree bail jumping.

Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.



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