JELLICO, TN (WLAF) – On Oct. 11. at 9:30 am, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators executed a search warrant at 648 Poplar Avenue in Jellico. After execution of the search warrant and gaining entry into the residence, three adults were detained. The residence was located near Jellico Elementary School and was occupied by Dustin Louden, 39, Sarah Sutton, 35, Ashley Lay, 35, and two children.
This case was derived from a month long investigation conducted by sheriff’s office investigators. Investigators searched and processed the residence and located nearly 1/2 a kilogram of methamphetamine, along with several loaded firearms and nearly $2,000 in US currency. Drug paraphernalia as well as marijuana and suboxone, a schedule VI and schedule III substance, were located inside of the residence.
Investigators indicated the methamphetamine, a schedule II controled substance, has a street value of nearly $40,000. The execution of the search warrant led investigators to discover a larger conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout Campbell County and Southeastern Kentucky.
During the investigation it was discovered that Loudon and Lay both had outstanding warrants. Both were taken into custody and transported to the Campbell County Detention Center.
It took investigators over four hours to process the residence. Investigators indicated that drugs and paraphernalia were found throughout the residence including the children’s bedroom. A DCS referral was made on behalf of the two children by investigators.
The trio will be facing charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, several counts of sale and delivery of methamphetamine in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule III substance for sale, and sale and possession of marijuana.
Sheriff Robbie Goins thanked the Jellico Police Department and Chief Gary Perkins for their assistance with the execution of the search warrant. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/11/2019-4:30PM)