Two Arrested for Selling Prescription Meds
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division have arrested two people, both for selling prescription pain medication.
A Murray man, 25-year-old Derek Belcher, was arrested Wednesday at 8 pm after detectives stopped a vehicle at 5132 Hinkleville Road. Belcher, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged withTrafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, 2nd Offense after police seized an undisclosed amount of money, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. During a previous investigation, Belcher had sold Hydrocodone doses to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, detectives located a quantity of marijuana that was concealed.
The driver of the vehicle, Ashley Burris, was cited to court for Possession of Marijuana.
During the investigation, it was learned that Belcher was on probation for Trafficking Cocaine at the time of the offense. Detectives also learned that he was travelling between Paducah and Murray, staying in local hotels, and borrowing vehicles from friends to sell controlled substances. Prior to Belcher’s arrest, he had left an area drug abuse class, and it was discovered that he had smoked marijuana immediately after leaving the class. The investigation is ongoing and more charges against Belcher are expected.
In a separate incident, 53-year-old Shawney Neblett was arrested on October 11 and charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 2nd Offense. The McCracken County Grand Jury had indicted Neblett on that same charge a few days earlier. Neblett had also sold Hydrocodone to McCracken County Sheriff’s detectives. Neblett was taken into custody at her home on Sunset Avenue in Paducah.
Individuals with information pertaining to illegal drug and prostitution crimes can contact the drug division at 270-444-5157.