16 face drug charges, 2 of those manslaughter in McCracken County

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Sixteen people face drug charges and two of those also face a manslaughter charge after an overdose death in February in McCracken County.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference on Friday, May 5 and announced that an overdose led to manslaughter and drug charges for 16 people.

A Fentanyl investigation that spanned several counties began with an overdose death, according to the sheriff’s office.

This investigation led to 16 different people charged with engaging in organized crime and other offenses in McCracken County.

The agencies involved in this investigation include the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, the McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Paducah Police Department, the DEA, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Obion County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee.

The investigation began in February 2023 when the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded to an overdose death of a 23-year-old man in Ledbetter.

The investigation revealed that the man had lethal amounts of Fentanyl in his system at the time of his death.

Digital evidence found during the investigation revealed that two women provided the man with Fentanyl pills in McCracken County prior to his death, according to the sheriff’s office.

Over the course of the next three months, McCracken County drug detectives, with the assistance of the other agencies, identified the source of the Fentanyl pills that led to the overdose death in Livingston County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives also identified several other sources of supply for Fentanyl and methamphetamine in western Kentucky.

The investigation revealed that for the last six months, illegal drugs were imported into the area from Denver, Colorado.

It was brought to the area under the direction of 32-year-old Kendrick Owens of Mayfield, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.

The drugs were then sold in western Kentucky by Owens and others, according to the sheriff’s office.

On April 21, a McCracken County Grand Jury heard testimony from a McCracken County Sheriff’s detective.

The grand jury indicted nine people for engaging in organized crime related to drug trafficking.

Two of those nine people were also charged with manslaughter in connection to the February overdose death of the Livingston County man.

Those people include Amberly Alexander, Frankus Cherry, David Roberson, Chelsy Timpe, Bradley Clabough, Tesla Fisher, Tyler Dennison, Kendrick Owens and Jakyron Burnside.

Since the indictments, McCracken County detectives continued to work and either arrested or obtained arrest warrants for seven additional people linked to the investigation for engaging in organized crime or trafficking in Fentanyl.

Those people include Hallie Hooker, James Farmer, Nathaniel Cashan, Alexis Snipes, Zane Day, Darcy Thompson, and Racheal Land.

Additional arrests linked to this investigation are expected.

The investigations consisted of making undercover drug purchases, countless hours of surveillance, search warrants, interviews, intercepting drug parcels, and collecting and analyzing both physical and digital evidence.

During the investigations law enforcement seized thousands of Fentanyl pills, pounds of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms, and money believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales.

Most of the pills seized are pressed counterfeit pills disguised as Oxycodone but contain Fentanyl instead, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pills are often produced in sophisticated clandestine laboratories controlled by drug trafficking organizations, according to the sheriff’s office.

Most of these pills are blue in color and have markings “M” “30”. The street value of one of the small pills is $20.

The DEA Laboratory found that of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from a previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.

That means that approximately 60 percent of the Fentanyl pills being sold on the streets contain enough Fentanyl to kill someone.

“To use these illegal pills is to play Russian roulette,” according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office. “We will not tolerate drug dealing in McCracken County. And let me be as clear as I possibly can. Fentanyl is just as deadly as a bullet. Your Sheriff’s Office will go after fentanyl traffickers as vigorously and with as much determination as we would go after someone who shoots an innocent person. Fentanyl will only lead to death. The people who are pushing fentanyl in our community, to our friends, to our kids, to our loved ones, know that they are selling death.”

Those who are suffering from substance abuse are asked to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office or speak to a deputy when you see one.

Through the Badges of Hope program, the sheriff’s office can find a place for treatment and provide transportation.

Those trying to break away from substance abuse can also call Turning Point, Brightview, Kentucky Addiction Center, or one of the many other facilities in the area.

Parents, grandparents and everyone are urged by the sheriff’s office to have Narcan accessible. You can receive Narcan at the Purchase Health District, the McCracken County library, courthouse and local pharmacies.

Those facing charges include:

  • Amberly Alexander, 23, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime, trafficking in Fentanyl and 2nd degree manslaughter.
  • Frankus Cherry, 29, of Mayfield, faces charges of engaging in organized crime and trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • David Roberson, 33, Mayfield faces charges of engaging in organized crime and conspiracy to trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • Bradley Clabough, 38, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime, possession of Fentanyl and trafficking in methamphetamine.
  • Tesla Fisher, 28, of Paducah faces charges engaging in organized crime, possession of Fentanyl and trafficking in methamphetamine.
  • Tyler Dennison, 27, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime and trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • Jakyron Burnside, 27, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime and trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • Hallie Hooker, 23, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime and trafficking in Fentanyl (two counts).
  • Nathaniel Cashan, 19, of Brookport, Ill. faces charges of engaging in organized crime and conspiracy to trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • Alexis Snipes, 22, of Brookport, Ill. faces charges of engaging in organized crime and conspiracy to trafficking in Fentanyl.
  • Darcy Thompson, 34, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
  • Racheal Land, 26, of Paducah faces charges of engaging in organized crime, trafficking in Fentanyl (four counts) and trafficking in methamphetamine.
  • Chelsy Timpe, 22, of Benton, Ky. faces charges of engaging in organized crime, trafficking in Fentanyl and 2nd degree manslaughter.
  • Zane Day, 18, of Hickory faches a charge of engaging in organized crime.
  • James Farmer, 29, of Boaz is wanted. He faces charges of engaging in organized crime, trafficking in Fentanyl and tampering with physical evidence.
  • Kendrick Owens, 32, of Mayfield is wanted. He faces charges of engaging in organized crime, conspiracy to trafficking in Fentanyl and being a 1st degree persistent felony offender.

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