Graves Drug Bust One of Kentucky's Largest Ever
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY - A joint investigation led by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of five western Kentucky residents over the weekend and one of the largest seizures of crystal methamphetamine ever in Kentucky, with an estimated street value of almost $2.5 million.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said his office was assisted in the investigation by deputies from McCracken, Marshall, Carlisle and Hickman counties, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Detectives received information that 69-year-old John Slingland and 53-year-old Abbie Jones, both of Water Valley, were involved in the upper-level distribution of methamphetamine and that 55-year-old Richard Omar of Fulgham was involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs and the trading of guns. Redmon said Omar and Slingland are convicted felons with prior drug offenses.
Redmon said investigators purchased crystal methamphetamine from both Slingland and Jones. Then, on Friday morning, sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Marshals Office and DEA officers, carried out a search warrant at Slingland and Jones’ home in southern Graves County. Redmon said Slingland attempted to hide from officials but was taken into custody.
During a search of the property, police seized two pounds of crystal meth, more than five pounds of marijuana, 25 firearms and over $50,000 cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. They also seized five vehicles from Slingland and Jones that deputies believe were used to distribute meth in Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.
Deputies stopped a vehicle near the home and arrested the driver, 34-year-old Jamie Readnour of Wingo, on a charge of driving under the influence. A search of his car revealed a quantity of meth and drug paraphernalia.
Agents then went to a home in northwest Tennessee and seized an additional 51 pounds of highly-concentrated crystal meth. Deputies said Slingland and Jones had rented the house to facilitate their drug trafficking.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for Omar’s home on State Route 703 in Clinton, KY. During the search, detectives seized five pounds of marijuana, 16 firearms, another quantity of crystal meth and over $38,000 cash believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
Omar was found hiding in a garage on Moss Road in Hickman County and was arrested without incident. His brother, 50-year-old Jeffery Creason of Fulgham, was also arrested. Later that night, police searched a home on Bugg Road in Hickman County and seized a shotgun and a short-barrel assault-style rifle believed to be owned by Omar.
Slingland was arrested on a federal indictment warrant for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and lodged in the Christian County Jail. Jones was charged with trafficking in meth, trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Graves County Jail.
Readnour was charged with DUI, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Graves County Jail. Omar and Creason were charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They were both lodged in the Hickman County Jail.
Redmon said additional charges and arrests are likely.