Seven Graves County residents have been arrested on drug charges following a Graves County Sheriff's Office investigation this week in Clear Springs, Lynnville and Wingo areas.
Sheriff Jon Hayden said a series of investigations this week into drug trafficking and burglaries led to several arrests as well as recovery of stolen property.
On Wednesday, GCSO detectives obtained a search warrant for 2650 Ky. 301 near Clear Springs. McCracken County Sheriff’s Department drug enforcement officers had uncovered evidence of drug trafficking occurring at the home during an unrelated investigation. The information was shared and a search warrant was obtained.
In an unrelated investigation, GCSO detectives obtained a search warrant for a residence at 115 Swan Road near Lynnville. Undercover methamphetamine purchases had allegedly been made previously from suspects at the residence.
A third unrelated investigation also led to execution of a search warrant at a home near Wingo.
Deputies and officers from GCSO, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Mayfield Police Department and Kentucky State Police divided into two groups and dispatched to locations near Lynnville and Wingo around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
At the Lynnville home, a man identified as Johnny Alford, 62, was outside in the yard. After seeing officers, Alford began running and threw a methamphetamine-smoking pipe into the bed of a pickup truck parked at the residence, according to the report. As officers entered the home, Susie Connell, 48, ran into the back of the home and attempted to barricade herself in a bedroom.
Methamphetamine, electronic scales and other drug-related items were located during the search, Hayden said. Both Alford and Connell were arrested and later taken to Graves County Jail. Alford is charged with trafficking in meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and first-degree possession of meth. Connell is charged with first-degree trafficking in meth, tampering with evidence, first-degree possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, at the Ky. 301 home, one person, identified as William C. Cowsert, 30 of Clear Springs, was found inside. Cowsert was arrested after numerous items related to the trafficking of methamphetamine and possession as well as a loaded gun were found during a search. Plastic bags, scales and other items were also located.
Cowsert was charged with first-degree possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia - all firearms enhanced – and taken to Graves County Jail.
Hayden said arrests warrants have also been obtained for Cowsert’s mother, Kimberly A. Cowsert, 40. Kimberly Cowsert has been previously convicted in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking.
A third search warrant was obtained and served on a residence near Wingo later in the evening. Graves, McCracken, and Marshall County sheriff’s deputies as well as Mayfield police officers served the warrant at 1655 Taylor Road just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The preceding investigation was a result of information obtained from the McCracken County Sheriff's Office.
As officers arrived, they reported finding three people in a shop near the home. The three were identified as Seth P. Curtsinger, 25; Montana West, 26, and Louis Schwenk, 37. Methamphetamine, a meth-loaded syringe and other related items were found, according to Hayden. Curtsinger allegedly began resisting officers and had to be restrained.
All three suspects were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic drugs and taken to Graves County Jail. Curtsinger was additionally charged with resisting arrest.
Hayden said the investigations are continuing.
Hayden said a Murray man has been charged with theft of automotive diagnostic equipment valued at $3,500 that was reported by a Central Road resident in May.
The equipment was reported missing May 13 in connection to a large garage that had been burglarized. The victim reported that a window had been broken out and entry gained.
“The area was ransacked and some damage reported,” Hayden said in a news release.
A new engine diagnostic scanner was immediately reported stolen. The homeowner later reported two rifles were missing.
On Thursday, GCSO Capt. Jeremy Prince, who was investigating the case, learned that a suspect, later identified as Troy A. Brown, 18, of Murray, was possibly in possession of the stolen scanner and was trying to sell it.
Another GCSO deputy working undercover, made contact by telephone with the suspect and inquired about purchasing the scanner. Brown allegedly agreed to sell the scanner and arranged a meeting on a parking lot on Main Street in Murray.
Hayden said he, Prince and Chief Deputy Davant Ramage met with Murray Police Department officials to set up a meeting with Brown.
Once Brown arrived and handed the stolen equipment to the undercover deputy, he was immediately arrested and his vehicle seized. A search was also conducted at the suspect’s apartment where the two stolen rifles were found and recovered, according to Hayden.
Brown reportedly confessed to committing the crime. He was charged with first-degree burglary and taken to Graves County Jail.