Whitesburg KY

Prosecutor’s office files charges against two here

A 27-year old woman arrested in April for drug trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine has been formally charged by the Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Kesha Cook of Orange Drive, near Pistol City, is charged with eight separate counts in an information signed by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gene Smallwood.

She was one of two people charged in “informations” filed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. An information is the same as an indictment, but is brought by a prosecutor rather than a grand jury.

Cook was among six people charged with eight counts each related to trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine after a raid at Pistol City April 23.

Originally charged in the case were Cook, Eric E. Shuffler, 35, of Old Piney Woods Road, Jasper, Ala.; James O’Neal Elswick, 36, of Hwy 931 N, Sandlick; Douglas Gibson, 57, of Orange Drive, Pistol City; Bobby Gibson, 28, of Orange Drive; and David Wells, 30, of Hwy 931 N.

Cook is now charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first offense, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, tampering with physical evidence, seconddegree possession of a controlled substance and buy/ possession of drug paraphernalia.

KSP Trooper Brandon Watts wrote in his citation that he and Trooper Mikey Caudill were dispatched to 46 Orange Drive to investigate heavy traffic to and from the home. Watts said they saw what appeared to be a drug sale through the window, and knocked on the door. Eric Shuffler answered the knock, and came outside at the troopers’ request, Watts wrote. Watts said Caudill located a Tylenol container with a white, powdery substance in Shuffler’s pocket, and the two troopers had everyone in the house come out onto the porch and went inside.

According to the citation, troopers found a one-step meth lab, coffee filters, salt, tubing of several Mountain Dew bottles, camping fuel, and several containers of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. A further search revealed a small plastic bag with a brown rock believed to be crack cocaine, a scale, and a tin container with a straw, small plastic baggies and a buprenorphine tablet.

The citation says one of the six arrested attempted to discard a pill container believed to contain meth while on the porch.

Also charged in an information is Christopher Daniel Gross, 24, of Sandlick. Gross, 24, is charged with third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property worth less than $500, and theft by deception under $500. He is accused of stealing copper wire worth less than $500 from a building belonging to Sapphire Coal company, and selling it to Southern Steel for $196.10.

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