December 16, 2013

Domestic dispute ends with drug bust

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — In what Laurel County Sheriff John Root terms as a “substantial arrest” in his War on Drugs, quantity of pills, cash and a vehicle were confiscated Tuesday evening.

When the investigation ended, detectives and deputies with the Sheriff’s Office seized over 249 pills, over $4,000 in cash, and a vehicle and took two persons to jail.

The arrests came after Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes answered a call concerning a woman driving up and down the road in front of her husband’s apartment just before 5:30 p.m. The two reportedly had been fighting.

When Poynter and Grimes arrived on the scene on North Hills Road, 13 miles south of London, they saw a woman seated in a vehicle parked in the middle of the road next to the apartment complex where her husband was reportedly living. A check for any outstanding warrants revealed that the female - 48-year-old Debbie S. Williams of Osborne Lane in Corbin - had an active domestic violence order against her that prohibited her from having any contact with her husband and to stay 500 feet away from him.

Williams was taken into custody for violating a Kentucky Emergency Protective Order (EPO) or Domestic Violence Order (DVO). She was also charged with blocking the roadway and some other violations.

But Williams’ legal troubles didn’t end there. When officers checked the vehicle, they discovered 183 Hydrocodone pills, 44 Alprazolam, and 2 Xanax, along with over $4,000 cash.

Detective Jason Back, who is investigating the drug offenses, charged Williams with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. The estimated street value of the confiscated drugs are over $3,000.

But the story didn’t end with Williams’ arrest.

While the investigation was going on, officers noticed that Williams’ husband, 47-year-old Donald Williams, was in the parking lot of the apartment building and was obviously very intoxicated. Donald Williams was arrested on charges of public intoxication of controlled substances.

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