Sheriff: father and two sons trading guns for drugs


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - A local sheriff said deputies from two counties busted a family business, and seized $30,000 in drugs and guns. 

McCracken County Deputies stopped 55-year-old Ronald Andrews of Boaz, Kentucky.

They say they found meth, drug paraphernalia and prescription pain pills hidden in his car.

At that time they learned Andrews just traded Hydrocodone for crystal meth, and he had more drugs and guns at his Graves County house.

Graves County deputies raided the home and found 63 firearms, drugs, and 18-year-old Trent and 19-year-old Cody Andrews.  They're brothers and the sheriff says they were following in their father's footsteps and that's why they too are in big trouble.

Looks can be deceiving, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon is shocked by what deputies found inside of the Boaz home.

"We think they were traffickers, yeah we believe they were traffickers," Redmon said.

The sheriff believes drugs were traded for guns, and vice versa.

The sheriff says deputies found 63 guns, and Ronald Andrews wasn't even supposed to have one.

"He was a convicted felon, was not supposed to be in possesion of any handguns or have weapons of any kind," Redmon said.

While Ronald already had a record the sheriff says now his teenage kids will have one too, and should consider this a hard lesson learned.

"Eventually they're going to get caught," Redmon said.

The Graves County Jailer says Trent and Cody's mother bonded the two out of jail Friday morning.
Ronald is still behind bars.     

The sheriff said after the case goes to court, the judge will have the chance to let the sheriff's department forfeit the firearms and sell them at a state auction. The money made at that sale can be used to buy bullet proof vests.

Ronald goes to court on Thursday at 1 p.m. in McCracken County.  His sons will face a Graves County judge on October 15.