drug arrest 04 300McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (11/21/17) — Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department’s Drug Division arrested a Hopkinsville couple Monday night on drug charges and reported seizing a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Detectives with drug division began a drug investigation earlier this month after receiving information that a Hopkinsville man, only known as “Terp” was supplying McCracken County residents with meth to use or sell, MCSO reported.

During the course of the investigation, detectives identified “Terp” as Kevin J. Terpening, 43 of Hopkinsville as a meth supplier in McCracken and other western Kentucky Counties, according to the repot.

The investigation revealed that Terpening had an extensive criminal history, having prior convictions for burglary, bail jumping, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a felon, manufacturing meth, trafficking meth and numerous other felony and misdemeanor offenses, deputies reported. Terpening had received a 20-year prison sentence in January 2011, but was later released on parole.

Through a covert investigation, detectives revealed that Terpening would be delivering a quantity of meth to McCracken County at a local gas station located at 7050 Benton Road just off of I-24. Detectives conducted surveillance and observed Terpening and a female later identified as Melissa Cusano of Hopkinsville arrive at the gas station. Both Terpening and Cusano were detained. Detectives located a small quantity of meth on Cusano and placed her under arrest. During a search of the passenger compartment of the truck, detectives indicated finding approximately 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia. Detectives then located an additional 1.6lbs (629 grams) of crystal methamphetamine concealed in the spare tire of the truck. If sold by the gram, the seized meth could have an estimated street value of more than $63,000.

Both Terpening and Cusano were arrested and taken to McCracken County Regional Jail.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and DEA Madisonville. The investigation is continuing.

Kevin J. Terpening 43, was charged with trafficking in meth (second or subsequent offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melissa J. Cusano 47, was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

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