January 8, 2013

Crystal meth dealer arrested

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A London woman could face felony drug charges next week for allegedly dealing in crystal meth.

Tyanna Branstetter, 27, of Slate Lick Street in London, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday during her arraignment in Laurel District Court on Friday morning. Branstetter was arrested by Laurel County Sheriff’s officials on Thursday night after they received multiple complaints of possible drug trafficking at a Slate Lick Street home.

After numerous complaints, sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant and went to the residence around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.

The search turned up a quantity of crystal methamphetamine, already packaged for resale, several sets of digital scales, and a large quantity of money. Also inside the residence were three children. Detectives and deputies on the scene contacted representatives with the Cabinet for Families and Children, who came to the scene and removed and placed the children.

Branstetter was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following her arrest. She was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Friday morning and is held under a $25,000 cash bond.

Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Sheriff John Root, Lt. Rodney Van Zant, Sgt. Chuck Johnson, Detective Jason Back, Detective Brad Mitchell, and Deputy Brett Reeves.