WASHINGTON, D.C. (6/4/13) – In May of 2013, the McCracken County Grand Jury indicted 29-year-old Josh Williams, of Paducah, KY, for Trafficking Cocaine 2nd or Subsequent Offense and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division in April, 2013 and was part of a larger crack cocaine investigation.
Detectives had been attempting to locate Williams since May when he was indicted. Williams is currently on parole for Trafficking Cocaine and other offenses. This is Williams’ fifth offense for Trafficking Cocaine. On June 3, 2013, detectives were conducting surveillance and observed Williams enter a residence on Broad Street in Paducah, KY. At approximately 3:52 P.M., detectives attempted to make contact with Williams, but Williams drove around the detectives and through an adjoining yard.
Williams then continued to flee in his vehicle on Wayne Sullivan Drive. Williams drove erratically, into oncoming traffic, and above the posted speed limit in an attempt to get away. As Williams drove westbound on Irvin Cobb, he narrowly avoided several vehicles in the roadway. More deputies quickly joined the pursuit and Williams eventually slowed his speeds. Williams then drove through the Bridge Street and South 9th Street areas as more deputies joined the pursuit and officers from the Paducah Police Department blocked the roadways to prevent innocent drivers get in the way of Williams. Williams continued to disregard stop signs and show disregard for the public safety as he drove to the Paducah Police Department where he and a passenger were taken into custody.
During a search of Williams’ vehicle, crack cocaine, several thousand dollars, and drug paraphernalia was located. The drugs and money, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales were seized.
Following up with their investigation, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at 1802 Broad Street, Paducah, KY. The warrant was executed at approximately 8:00 P.M. and Harry “Donny” Thurby Jr. (55 years old) and Donna Jang (52 years old) were located at the residence.
A search of the residence revealed crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several guns. The guns included long guns and handguns.
During the investigation, it was learned that Jang, a resident of 1802 Broad Street, is a convicted felon and that she and Thurby had just purchased crack cocaine from Williams just prior to his arrest. Thurby and Jang were both arrested and transported to the McCracken County Regional Jail.
Josh Williams was served the indictment warrant for Trafficking Cocaine 2nd or Subsequent Offense and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. In addition, he was charged with another count of Trafficking Cocaine 2nd or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Cocaine, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, Operating on a Suspended License, and multiple traffic violations.
Donna Jang was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon-five counties, and Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.
Harry Thurby Jr. was charges with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Information provided by Ryan Norman (McCracken County Sheriff’s Office)
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