Kentucky State Police said home visit conducted by Johnson County probation and parole officers Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of four individuals after Kentucky State Police detectives joined the officers to follow up on information discovered during an active investigation.
The documents said Jason Boleyn and Dallas Ward with Johnson County Probation and Parole initiated the visit at the Airport Road residence of Randall Branham, 47, with members of the KSP Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations East Interdiction Team.
The DESI team was following up on a lead from their investigation, the citation said, which led them to believe that Norman Travis Blevins, 47, and Tiffany Dawn Akers, 34, both of Hagerhill, were staying at Branham’s residence and “trafficking large amounts of crystal methamphetamine” from the house.
When officials arrived, Ward and Boleyn knocked on the door and spoke with Branham, who stated that the house was his residence and advised officials that Blevins was in the back bedroom of the house.
According to the citation, Ward and Boleyn made contact with Blevins, who stated “he did not want to speak with any law enforcement about (the) allegations of drugs being sold in the home.” Branham, according to the citation, advised officials that if there were any drugs in the residence, he was unaware of it, but granted consent for the DESI team to search the house.
Mary Frances Dietlin, 27, of Hagerhill, and Akers were also present in the residence, and both denied any knowledge of drugs present at the locale.
The citation said a search of the house revealed a large plastic bag hidden in the wall of the bathroom with a clear “rock type” substance suspected to be methamphetamine, and, in Blevins’ bedroom, officers reported finding a clear plastic bag with 27 dosage units of what officials suspected was Neurontin and three clear plastic bags with a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.
Located in a dresser near Blevins’ bed was a black and silver digital scale with a “crystal type residue” on the scale. Also found in Blevins’ room were Akers’ purse and Blevins’ wallet, containing a combined total of approximately $1500.
All four individuals denied any knowledge of the illegal drugs found at the residence, according to the citation, and were arrested.
Akers and Blevins were charged with first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), first-offense trafficking in a legend drug, first-offense trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Branham and Dietlin were charged with the same charges, excluding the possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
Branham, Blevins, Akers and Dietlin were all lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remained as of presstime. All four individuals have been arraigned as of presstime, entering not guilty pleas, but no further court dates have yet been set in any of the cases.