Graves County couple faces drug trafficking, wanton endangerment charges


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - A Graves County couple faces several charges after deputies executed a late night search warrant at a home near Fancy Farm.

Deputies arrested 29-year-old John Bell and 24-year-old Alicia Bell after a search of their property turned up a marijuana growing operation.

Sheriff Dewayne Redmon says the investigation began when deputies and troopers noticed a car attempting to avoid a highway safety checkpoint near the intersection of KY 121 and KY 339. A deputy then stopped the vehicle and smelled marijuana upon approaching the car. The deputy found John and Alicia Bell inside, along with a small container.

A search warrant was obtained for the couple's nearby home and surrounding areas. Upon searching the home, detectives found several plastic tubs containing marijuana, some of which were "easily accessible" to two infant children, according to Sheriff Redmon. A growing operation was also found in an outbuilding behind the home.

Both suspects were charged with Cultivating Marijuana 5 plants or more 1st offense (a Class D Felony), Trafficking in Marijuana 8 oz. to <5lbs 1st offense (a Class D Felony), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (a Class D Felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Alicia Bell was also charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence after she allegedly attempted to hide the marijuana while deputies were speaking with John Bell in the driveway.

Both suspects are in the Graves County Jail.