Deputies Seize Almost $30,000 in Drug Investigation

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people last week during Methamphetamine trafficking investigations. During the investigation, detectives seized 8.5lbs of crystal methamphetamine and approximately $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds. On June 17, at approximately 3 p.m. detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Sylvia Pricilla Fiers. During the stop, a K9 indicated the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle. Detectives searched the vehicle and located 3.5lbs of Crystal Meth and over $5,000 in suspected drug proceeds. Fiers was arrested and lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. As the investigation continued, detectives conducted surveillance on a hotel, where they located and arrested 49-year-old Jose Luis Lopez of Denver, Colorado. During a search of his hotel room, detectives located two more pounds of meth. Another two pounds were concealed in his vehicle, along with $20,000 hidden under the back seat. The next day, detectives learned 44-year-old Kristopher Johnson of Louisville was selling large amount of meth. Deputies contacted him using a cooperating witness. Through surveillance, detectives watched Johnson and two other men arrive at a Paducah hotel and deliver the meth. The other men, 45-year-old Demetrius Coatley of Louisville and 30-year-old Kyle Bratcher of Louisville, served as lookouts. Detectives arrested all three and located a pound of meth and $4,500. Police say meth is typically sold by the gram. If sold by the gram, the seized meth in these cases has an estimated street value in excess of $380,000. All five individuals were lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail where they remain.

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