By JAMES COOK
Several complaints over time and information obtained led members of local law enforcement to a home at Baker’s Estates. What officers found there after getting a search warrant may have been one of the largest meth bust in recent memory. It had to put a dent into the meth trade, at least for a little while.
“It was a substantial hit,” Sheriff Danny Rogers said. “It was good that we are taking it out of our community. This stuff was probably going to be distributed in Wolfe and Powell counties.”
Officers say they found, unofficially, 160 grams of methamphetamine, crystal meth, during the execution of a search warrant on a home at Baker’s Estates. One estimate put the street value of over $23,000. They also found a stolen ATV, as well other items they believed were bought with drug money.
Tips, complaints and some investigative work led officers to a home that had been on the Powell County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force radar for some time. Following more information being obtained last week the search warrants were asked for and obtained.
Powell County Sheriff Danny Rogers, deputies Rex Scott and Marty Tipton, along with Stanton Police Officers Phillip Frazier and Logan Faulkner, as well as Forestry Service K-9 officer Allen Neal, converged on the home after the search warrant was issued. Clay City Police Sgt. Billy Rice also assisted with logistics, running information through the computers and handling other calls while officers searched.
Officers found a camper located at the residence as well and the search began. Inside the residences officers found several people and arrested five on drug charges. Officers say they found David Wayne Fortner, 32, of Campton, he had a glass pipe in his possession. Officers said in the arrest reports that the pipe had residue believed to be from meth, as well as some baggies that had the same type of residue. He was also found to be in possession of a valium, according to the report. Fortner was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance third degree.
Also arrested was Cindy Smith, 46, of Campton. She was allegedly found to have a red straw and a rolled up baggie containing a substance believed to be meth. Smith was found in her vehicle and the items were found at her feet inside the vehicle. Smith was charged with possession of a controlled substance first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Three more people were found in the camper and arrested. Police found the three sitting at a table in the camper where nearly 160 grams of meth were found. The arrest reports also indicate that officers found digital scales, a glass pipe and a medium sized baggie holding several smaller baggies.
Jennifer Marie Campbell, 36, John Wilson, 51 and William White, 58, were found in the camper. Both Campbell and White are from Campton, while Wilson is from West Liberty. The reports indicate that White was found to have a baggie in his pocket with an additional 15 grams of meth.
All three were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, possession of a controlled substance first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As for the ATV, a 2009 Honda Forman, was found to have been stolen out of Morgan County. “We also found some other items and have confiscated them,” Sheriff Danny Rogers.
Rogers said that officers are tying to get drugs like meth, as well as others, off the streets. The bust last Friday netted a large amount, but “It’s just a drop in the bucket,” Rogers added.
Rogers said that his department, as well as other local departments and state agencies, will continue to work the information and make more arrests.