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UPDATE: Drugs, Explosive Materials Found in Home
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WATER VALLEY - An investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Water Valley area Thursday night led to two arrests.

The Graves County Sheriff's Department says a search warrant was executed about 8 pm at a home on Kentucky Highway 94 West, which is the home of 59-year-old Robert L. Stratton. Detectives spoke to Stratton and 39-year-old Kimberly Brann of Clinton, who were inside. 

The search led to discovery and seizure of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia including meth pipes, a loaded .22 pistol and other items. Surveillance cameras had reportedly been installed in several locations, including a detached garage. Detectives say a search of the garage led to seizure of more meth, scales, packaging materials, police scanners and other items. 

Detectives say they also found blasting caps used in detonating explosives, large quantities of black powder, fuse cord, ammonia nitrate, piping and other items. This led detectives to call a Kentucky State Police bomb technician, who performed a controlled detonation on items too dangerous to transport. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department also sent a K-9 unit to help at the scene. 

The search was concluded about 2 am, and Stratton and Brann were arrested. 

Stratton faces charges of trafficking in meth, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a police radio and wanton endangerment. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 3rd-degree controlled substance, and for not having a controlled substance in the proper container. The wanton endangerment charge relates to not informing detectives that he had blasting caps hidden while detectives conducted their search. Stratton has a previous felony drug conviction in Tennessee.

Brann was charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

Published 04:27 PM, Friday Sep. 06, 2019
Updated 10:32 AM, Saturday Sep. 07, 2019

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