Whitesburg KY

Police open investigation after body found in yard

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a home that law enforcement officials say is known to have been used previously to traffic in methamphetamine.

The body of Rickie L. Crawford, 61, of Pound, Va., was discovered near the home occupied by his exwife on KY 3406 at Bottom Fork. He was pronounced dead at 8:13 p.m. February 2.

Police say there was no immediate indication of violence. Toxicology tests are pending.

No one has been charged in connection with the death.

Andora Lee Smith, 57, who lived in the home, was Crawford’s ex-wife and also the ex-wife of Danny Bob Collins, whom the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department arrested in 2017 after serving a search warrant on the same property and finding nearly four pounds of methamphetamine.

Collins and his daughter, Samantha Danielle Collins, 36, were both charged with trafficking in controlled substances. Deputies said a child under 16 was at the house when they raided it. Collins, 65, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2019 for trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and other charges. He was paroled January 25 after serving less than four years, including time served before his trial.

Collins was then taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and placed in the Pike County Detention Center to await trial on federal charges.

Smith was sentenced less than a year ago to one year in prison for firstdegree possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine), third-degree possession of a controlled substance and other charges. That sentence was supposed to run consecutively to an eightyear term for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense ( methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, however parts of that sentence were overturned. She has also been released.

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