Several Marshall Countians were arrested last week in what Kentucky State Police called their largest one day roundup of drug offenders in the state’s history.
Operation Black Friday, as it was called, resulted in 479 arrests and 774 charges statewide. In Marshall County, there were five arrests, as well as two from other communities on charges here.
Those arrested were:
-Paul Jason Fleet, 38, Calvert City, 2 counts-Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 1st Offense (meth).
-Vickie Goldsby, 62, Calvert City, Trafficking Controlled Substance-2nd Degree, 1st Offense.
-Darren Hargrove, 45, Benton, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 2nd Offense (meth), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
-Kristi Price, 33, Hardin, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 1st Offense (meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
-Kasandra ‘Kay’ Borders, 42, Calvert City, Trafficking Controlled Substance-2nd Degree, 1st Offense (pills).
Also arrested on Marshall County charges were:
-Troy R. Humphrey, 40, Eddyville, Marshall County charges/lodged in the Shelby County, Tenn. Jail, Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 1st Offense (meth). KSP contacted the United States Coast Guard (USCG) after learning that Humphrey was on a commercial vessel operated on the Mississippi River. The USCG coordinated the arrest with the Memphis Police Department.
- Jerrie Rene Garrett, 41, Marion, charges: Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 1st Offense (meth) and Complicity to Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree, 1st Offense (meth).
All were lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center and are awaiting arraignment.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the operation is a direct result of law abiding citizens providing tips via phone calls, messages, letters and information to anonymous tip lines. He referenced an anonymous letter, a plea for help, from a mother whose son became a drug addict. She provided pertinent information that led to the arrest of the drug dealer selling to her son.
“Today, I can say to all of you who have made this same plea - we hear you. We have not forgotten about you and more importantly, we are locating these individuals and making these much needed arrests,” said Brewer.
Brewer indicated that many of the arrests are what KSP terms as “low-level” offenders. These are usually people who buy drugs and generally cause disruption within the communities where they live.
“Citizens are tired of perpetual offenders who are disrupting neighborhoods and participating in other criminal mischief,” added Brewer. While many of the arrests today are low level targets, it is very probably that we will obtain information from them that will lead to arrests of more significant dealers and drug operations.”