PADUCAH, KY (12/14/11) – The McCracken County Sheriff's Department arrested two Paducah men on various offenses on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13, after a McCracken County Sheriff's Department Drug Detective observed what he believed to be a drug transaction.
On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 4:15 pm, Detective Ryan Norman observed what he suspected to be a drug transaction between the occupants of 2008 GMC Denali pickup truck and another vehicle. Sergeants Jesse Riddle and Tom Crabtree, who were nearby, located the truck near the intersection of 27th and Jackson Streets in Paducah and stopped it.
Deputies identified the driver of the truck as Billie Hastings. The Passenger was identified as Brandon Spann. During the stop, deputies searched Hastings' person and located two syringes, suspected to contain methamphetamine, and a cigarette box that contained several prescription pills. Hastings was determined to be under the influence of several controlled substances and was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs as well as the drug offenses.
Deputies then turned their attention to the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located and seized a black bag underneath Spann's seat that contained a quantity of Methamphetamine, syringes, baggies and a set of digital scales. Spann was also arrested.
In a separate investigation, detectives with drug division stopped and arrested Derrian J. Carruthers after he delivered a simulated controlled substance on the parking lot of a Paducah business located at 538 Lone Oak Road at approximately a 6:22 PM. Carruthers had just delivered the simulated substance and was attempting to leave the area.
An earlier investigation conducted by detectives, regarding Carruthers determined that he was actively selling marijuana within 1000 feet of a school on prior dates. Carruthers was found to be in possession of several hundred dollars in US currency suspected to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
A simulated controlled substance is a substance that is fabricated to replicate an actual controlled substance. The substance in question was attempting to be sold as an actual controlled substance.
Information provided by Jesse Riddle
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