Undercover drug sting leads to two arrests

An undercover investigation into illegal drug sales lead to the arrest of two McCracken County men.

McCracken County detectives say Phillip Thomason, 26, was attempting to sell what appeared to be methamphetamine valued at $150.00

He was arrested Friday afternoon.  During a search of his vehicle, detectives found a smoking pipe and marijuana.  A set of electronic scales and cash were also found at his home.  Detectives discovered the substance he was trying to sell was not methamphetamine, but a substance that was being used to simulate the appearance of it. 

In 2008 Thomason was convicted for burglary and theft of firearms and received a 9 year prison sentence.  During the investigation, deputies and detectives noticed another vehicle whose occupants were acting suspicious and were believed to be involved as serving as a lookout. 

Deputies stopped the vehicle and noticed a front seat passenger was trying to hide what appeared baggies containing meth.

He was identified as Mark Powers, 54, of the Fremont area.  Deputies found he had $1,168 in cash that is suspected to be from the sale of meth.  He has a previous drug crime conviction and was convicted in 2013 for his involvement in a drive-by shooting.

Thomason faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, trafficking a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Powers is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

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