A 44-year-old Kentucky man faces a raft of felony charges including counts of manufacturing, possessing and trafficking narcotics for allegedly selling methamphetamine and substances including methamphetamine between April 2016 and February 2019. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office took the Somerset resident into custody on Feb. 28. He is being detained at the Laurel County Correctional Facility. According to court papers, the man is accused of selling approximately 100 pounds of methamphetamine each month.
The sequence of events that led to the man’s arrest began in September 2018 when members of the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in Walker County, Georgia. Police say that they found a facility used to process methamphetamine in a storage building that the man had access to. More than two pounds of liquid methamphetamine was allegedly seized during the operation.
LCSO deputies and Drug Enforcement Administration agents built a case against the man by interviewing people who had allegedly purchased illegal drugs from him. One individual claims to have regularly purchased as much as two pounds of methamphetamine from the man, and another said that they had seen him deliver up to three pounds of the drug. The man is alleged to have been paid as much as $20,000 during these transactions. The man faces decades in prison if he is convicted on all counts.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys may study police paperwork closely when the evidence against their clients is based on testimony from individuals who are facing criminal charges of their own. Juries tend to be skeptical when presented with uncorroborated accounts by witnesses who have been offered sentence reductions in return for their testimony, and attorneys may seek to have drug charges dismissed or reduced when such testimony is not supported by compelling physical or forensic evidence.