Investigations Lead to Multiple Drug Arrests
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Eight people face drug charges after three separate investigations this week.

At 11:00 pm Monday, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Pool Road. They arrested the driver, 27-year-old William Waldkoetter and his passenger, 26-Year-old Andrew Hall, both of Paducah, after a probable cause search of the vehicle yielded over one-half pound of marijuana, marijuana wax, drug paraphernalia and money believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales. On Tuesday, detectives performed a search at Hall's home on Reidland Road, where more evidence of drug trafficking and counterfeit money were reportedly seized. 

Detectives learned Wednesday that 30-year-old Joshua Carruthers of Paducah would be delivering methamphetamine to the parking lot of a business on North 8th Street. When they spotted him on the property about 1 pm, he was arrested on meth and marijuana trafficking and drug possession charges. Thirty-five-year-old Courtney Evans of Paducah was also arrested on a trafficking charge after she tried to flee the scene on foot. A Paducah Police officer and K-9 were also at the scene, and the dog alerted to possible drugs in Evans' vehicle. A search reportedly led to discovery of more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, with a total of 240 grams of meth seized. The street value of the meth is about $24,000.

Another investigation began at 11 pm Tuesday with a deputy responding to an abandoned BMW on Old Hinkleville Road. It had reportedly been stolen from the Louisville area, and investigation led deputies to believe 32-year-old Stephen Lowe of Paducah had been driving the car earlier that evening. An arrest warrant was obtained for Lowe on a charge of receiving stolen property over $10,000, and they went to his home on Wayne Way Drive. Deputies say Lowe was seen inside the home and appeared to be concealing contraband, so a search warrant was obtained and executed, with help from Paducah Police. Deputies and detectives say they seized 1.4 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 1.1 pounds of marijuana, THC cartridges, cocaine, an AR15 rifle, a defaced handgun and $6,733 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. Detectives say Lowe was out of jail on bond from other charges when this arrest took place.

A woman in Lowe's home, 29-year-old Robin Dinkins of Paducah, was arrested on complicity and possession charges. Two others, Shakayla Wright of Paducah and 33-year-old Kalin Lowe of Cairo were cited on multiple charges.  

Waldkoetter was charged with trafficking in marijuana between eight ounces and five pounds, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses.

Hall was charged with trafficking marijuana between eight ounces and five pounds. 

Carruthers was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana (less than eight ounces), possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Evans was arrested for trafficking meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Stephen Lowe was arrested on the warrant for receiving stolen property, and was also charged with firearm-enhanced trafficking in a synthetic drug, firearm-enhanced trafficking in marijuana between eight ounces and five pounds (2nd offense), possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Dinkins was arrested for complicity to trafficking in synthetic drugs and marijuana, complicity possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kalin Lowe and Wright were both cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a defaced firearm. 

Published 09:41 PM, Thursday Feb. 07, 2019
Updated 09:25 PM, Friday Feb. 08, 2019

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