Drug Sweep Nets 7 Arrests in 3 Counties
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Seven people in three western Kentucky counties were arrested on methamphetamine charges Friday after a joint investigation conducted by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Kentucky State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
More than $70,000 worth of methamphetamine, $22,600 in cash, two semi-automatic handguns and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle were seized as evidence.
Arrests began about 4:00 pm Friday afternoon when detectives went to 337 Ashbrook in Paducah to execute a search warrant. A vehicle was stopped as it left the home, and 39-year-old Timothy and 35-year-old Stacey Perez were subsequently arrested. The search of their vehicle and persons revealed methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. During the search, Stacey Perez attempted to hide items from law enforcement.
Detectives then searched the home, where 33-year-old Crystal Green and 36-year-old Darrell (Mitch) Duckett were inside. A quantity of methamphetamine, several sets of digital scales, meth smoking pipes, two handguns (one with a defaced serial number) and several hundred dollars in US cash were all seized, while Green and Duckett were arrested.
Detectives with Marshall County Sheriff’s Department then executed a search warrant at 71 Grant Street in Calvert City early Saturday morning. Methamphetamine packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia and prescription controlled substances were found, and 28-year-old Sabrina Riley was arrested.
This led McCracken County Sheriff Detectives, the Kentucky State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to the home of 42-year-old Barry Beard on Tom Minner Road in Marion. Beard and his daughter, 18-year-old Brittany Beard, were arrested after the search of the residence, when detectives seized approximately 715 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale (worth an estimated $71,500), an AR15 .223 caliber rifle, and approximately $19,000 cash. Three small children, including an infant, were located inside the residence. The loaded rifle and drugs were located in areas easily accessible by the children.
Both Duckett and Beard have extensive criminal histories with felony convictions and will face additional charges for possessing firearms.
The removal of a large scale meth ring and a large amount of drugs could not have been possible without the collective efforts of the involved agencies. Drug traffickers know no borders and the investigation showed that these suspects have allegedly trafficked more than one million dollars worth of methamphetamine in western Kentucky.
Anyone with information pertaining to illegal drug crimes can contact the Drug Division of the McCracken Co. Sheriff's Departmennt at 270-444-5157.
Stacey Perez, facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Timothy Perez, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and DUI.
Darrell “Mitch” Duckett, jailed for possession of handgun by convicted felon, with more charges anticipated.
Crystal Green, facing charges of firearm enhanced trafficking of methamphetamine and possession of controlled substance 3rd Degree, with more charges likely.
Barry K. Beard, charged with firearm enhanced trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of wanton endangerment 2nd Degree, with more charges following.
Brittany N. Beard, jailed for complicity to trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of wanton endangerment 2nd Degree, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sabrina Riley, facing charges fo trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance 3rd Degree, with more charges anticipated.