Man wanted in Graves County, others arrested on meth charges

Three men and a minor were arrested on drug charges Monday in Graves County, and deputies are searching for a fourth man. 

Deputies say they searched the home of 35-year-old Murray Akers III on Friday, and found methamphetamine and other substances in the house where he was living. They say he also appeared to be high on methamphetamine at the time. 

On Saturday, deputies say they obtained a search warrant for the home of 27-year-old Jeremy Petter’s home and found meth in the house. While searching the home, deputies say they found a 17-year-old girl hiding in the bathroom. She, Petters, and 51-year-old Thomas Downs were arrested at the home. 

Deputies are still searching for 32-year-old Randal Cope, who they say may be staying in Mayfield or Paducah. 

Akers was charged with first degree trafficking in methamphetamine on the second offense, selling/transferring simulated substances, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and menacing. 

Petter was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 years old and first degree possession of methamphetamine. 

Thomas Downs was charged with first degree possession of methamphetamine.

The teenage girl was charged with first degree trafficking in methamphetamine greater than 2 grams. 

Akers, Downs and Petter were jailed in the Graves County Jail. The 17-year-old girl was released to her parents. 

If you have information about where Cope is, you can call the Graves County Sheriff’s Office at 270-247-4501.

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