Bust nets hundreds of thousands worth of meth


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - David Dycus

PADUCAH, KY-  Reaching into a brown paper bag, McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden pulls out stun guns, scales, and bags containing white rocks of crystal meth.

And as he showcases the results of his drug unit's latest bust, he admits he cannot help but be disgusted.



"How many people are addicted because of this group of drug traffickers?" he asks, shaking his head.

What is in that brown bag is the result of a 12 hour investigation, one that spread across county lines and led to four arrests and a seizure of what Hayden calls, "hundreds of thousands of dollars" of meth.

It was a single tip late Friday afternoon and surveillance, that led his detectives to arrest James Boggess, 49, at a truck stop off of Exit 16.  Boggess was found with more than $5,000 worth of meth, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

"The detectives in the case jumped on it, didn't stop," he remembered.

A short time later, those detectives would be joined by investigators with the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and deputies from Marshall, Graves, and Livingston Counties.

Working together, the group made three more arrests. Shortly after 9 on Friday morning, Anthony Wallace, 53, was arrested at a Gilbertsville residence.

"They recovered over a half pound of meth, other drugs, ecstasy, and other pills," Chief Deputy David Maddox revealed Friday.  His deputies also seized $9,400 in cash.

Maddox said there had been complaints at that residence.  But, investigators say, evidence found at a Livingston County home hours before had led them there.

In Tiline, Frankie Fondaw, 31, and David Landers, 61, were arrested. The bust also netted more meth, 2 dozen firearms and $54,000 in cash.

Sheriff Hayden says that money was believed to be from the sale of meth.  The crystal meth, he said, likely from Mexico, was some of the purest to ever hit the area.

It means, it is more addictive. Hayden warned the potent drug has lead to a spike in other crimes like burglaries and prostitution.

"People who are addicted to this drug are so desperate they will do anything to get the money to buy it," he said.

"What we're trying to do is make it extremely difficult for people to purchase this," he continued.

Hayden says more arrests are likely.