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Drug Arrest in Hopkins County

Date of News Release: 02/26/2008

(Hopkins County) - On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville received a complaint of possible drug activity at the Pennyrile Inn Best Western Motel in Mortons Gap. Troopers and detectives located a vehicle that matched the description of the possible suspects. The KSP units conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and charged the driver, Rickie D. Atwell Jr., with several traffic offenses. A search of the vehicle was performed after Mr. Atwell was arrested. Officers located several items used to manufacture meth and a small amount of meth. The passenger in the vehicle, Terra Cannon age 18 of Elkton, KY, was also arrested. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the subjects' motel room. Inside the room, officers discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were arrested without incident and charged with the following offenses:

Rickie D. Atwell Jr. was charged with:

  1. No Operator&39;s License
  2. Expired Registration Plates
  3. Expired Registration Receipt
  4. Manufacturing Meth 1st Offense
  5. Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor 1st
  6. Knowingly Possess Anhydrous Ammonia w/ Intent to Manufacture Meth
  7. Knowingly Possess Anhydrous Ammonia O/than Approved Container
  8. Possession of Controlled Substance-Meth
  9. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 1st
  10. Trafficking in Controlled Substance-Meth
  11. Possession of Burglary Tools
  12. Possession of Marijuana

Terra Cannon was charged with:

  1. Possession of Controlled Substance-Meth
  2. Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd
  3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Both were lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center. Tpr. Billy Sumner and Detective Jerrod Hearld were the investigating officers. Tpr. Nick Rice, Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh and Det. Wade Shoemaker assisted at the scene.

TO ANONYMOUSLY REPORT ANY TYPE OF SUSPECTED ILLEGAL DRUG ACTIVITY, CITIZENS CAN CALL THE KSP TOLL-FREE DRUG TIP HOTLINE, 1-800-DOPETIP. THE HOTLINE IS ANSWERED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

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