Recent drug arrests have law enforcement talking about impact of addiction

There are so many drug arrests, we don’t report them all. Five recent arrests in two different cases in McCracken County have law enforcement talking about the impact of drug addiction. All five suspects face serious charges.

Thursday morning, McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman they say attacked an 80-year-old man. They say she told them she did it for money to support her crack cocaine addiction. The second case also started Thursday morning when police found a meth lab in a home. Four were arrested, including a former West Kentucky Community and Technical College student. 

Amy Conner, Amberlee Douglas and Lauren Howard were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine. David Maiden was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine,  possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or evading police, driving with a suspended operator’s license.

Video from a few years ago at WKCTC shows Amberlee Douglas as a student ambassador. She graduated in 2012 from the criminal justice program. Now, she’s on the wrong side of that system. Detectives say drug addiction impacts lives.     

A recovering addict, 11 years clean, Dwight knows first hand what addiction can do.

"It consumes your whole day being able to have to go out and find your drug of choice," he said.

Dwight, who we decided would not show his face on camera, says for an addict, drugs becomes a way of life.

"So many people have lost their homes, their cars, their jobs, their children," Dwight said.

McCracken County Detective Captain Matt Carter says many of the cases he works on, everything from harassment to murder, are connected to drugs.

"There’s not one drug that is the problem, it’s overall addiction and the addictions," Carter said.

He says his main message is there is no such thing as a victimless crime when it comes to illegal drugs. 

"The victims are the families broken by the drug addiction and the drug use and drug abuse," Carter said.

Dwight is working to help others get through their addictions.

"There is life after drugs," he said.

Bail for the three women arrested in connection to the meth lab is $10,000. It’s $25,000 for the man who was involved. I reached out to all four suspects for comment. All declined my request. WKCTC didn’t want to comment on this case.

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