Graves County sheriff's investigators arrested two people in connection with a drug investigation Thursday evening in Water Valley.
About 8 p.m. Detective Sgt. Richard Edwards, Detective Brooke Amberg, Sheriff Jon Hayden, Deputy Zach Smith and Deputy Chandler Swirls went to 10157 Ky. Highway 94 West, just southeast of Water Valley, to serve a search warrant after an investigation into suspected and reported drug activity, Hayden said.
Investigators determined Robert L. Stratton was selling methamphetamine at the address, Hayden said. The investigators entered the home and found Stratton and Kimberly Brann, 39, of Clinton, inside along with crystal meth in several locations, meth pipes, scales and a loaded pistol, Hayden said. They also found surveillance cameras positioned in several places outside the home and wired to monitors inside and in a detached garage.
A search of the garage revealed more meth, scales, packaging material, police scanners and other related items, Hayden said. Investigators also found wired blasting caps used for the detonation of explosives, large quantities of black powder, fuse cord, ammonia nitrate, tannerite, pipes and other items Hayden called suspicious in nature and very dangerous. The Kentucky State Police bomb technician assigned to the area and the Paducah Police Department bomb squad both responded, took possession of the items and conducted a controlled detonation on those items not safe for transport, Hayden said. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department also sent a dog to assist in the search.
Hayden said the search and processing of the scene ended about 2 a.m. Friday.
Stratton faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (third-degree), prescription controlled substance not in proper container, possession/use of a police radio that sends or receives police transmissions and first-degree wanton endangerment. The wanton endangerment charge is related to possessing blasting caps and not providing that information to law enforcement officers as they were retrieving the unknown devices from hidden, locked containers in Stratton's presence, Hayden said.
Stratton has a previous felony conviction for manufacturing meth in Tennessee, Hayden said.
Investigators charged Brann with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Both Stratton and Brann were taken to the Graves County Jail. Deputies continued to investigate.