9 arrested and drugs, body armor, weapons seized from McCracken County home

Nine people were arrested at a McCracken County home Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies say the arrests stem from a methamphetamine investigation.

Detectives with the sheriff’s department’s drug division were conducting surveillance in the 400 block of South Friendship Road when deputies say they saw two men wearing body armor and carrying bags. Deputies also say the men appeared to be carrying handguns. 

The sheriff’s department says detectives knew there was an arrest warrant out for one of the men. When the two — 33-year-old Michael Thomas of Paducah and 22-year-old James Walker of Symsonia — drove to a gas station on Lone Oak Road, deputies and detectives took them into custody. Detectives found meth, meth paraphernalia, methadone, marijuana, two loaded handguns, a military style ballistic vest, and a plate carrier with body armor plates inside, according to the sheriff’s department.

Investigators say they then attempted to carry out a search warrant of the home on South Friendship when another vehicle there left. It was stopped by detectives. The sheriff’s department says the vehicle was searched, and detectives seized meth, meth paraphernalia, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, 87 dose units of Methadone pills, 11 Oxycontin pills, 11 muscle relaxers, and eight doses of Xanax. The occupants of the vehicle — 23-year-old Theodore Brockman and 32-year-old Melissa Byrne, both of Paducah — were arrested. 

When deputies carried out the search warrant at the home, five people were charged, and items including meth, meth paraphernalia, a long gun, two handguns, body armor, and other items were seized. 

Of the six arrested at the home, investigators say there were existing warrants for three: 28-year-old Miranda Harris of Paducah, wanted on a contempt of court bench warrant; 30-year-old Johnathan Cash of Sedalia, wanted on a bail jumping arrest warrant out of Graves County; and 22-year-old Richard Guzman of Paducah, wanted on a parole absconder warrant. 

The other three people arrested at the home were 20-year-old Kealy McCalester of Paducah, 30-year-old Ian Willoughby of Hardin, and 21-year-old Devin Davis of Paducah. 

The charges investigators say each person arrested faces are:

Michael Thomas – no registration plates, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of meth, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

James Walker – in addition to the existing arrest warrant, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Theodore Brockman – traffic offenses, Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking controlled substance 1st degree (two counts), trafficking in legend drugs, and trafficking in controlled substance 3rd degree.

Melissa Byrne – possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Miranda Harris – trafficking meth over 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second degree fleeing or evading police.

Kealy McCalester – firearm enhanced possession of meth, firearm enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree firearm enhanced possession of a controlled substance, third degree firearm enhanced possession controlled substance, and possession of a defaced firearm. 

Ian Willoughby – possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard A. Guzman – possession of meth and tampering with physical evidence.

Jonathan Cash – Firearm enhanced possession of meth, firearm enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree firearm enhanced possession a controlled substance, third degree firearm enhanced possession controlled substance, and possession of a defaced firearm. 

Devin Davis – possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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