By Nita Johnson
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.
Both Williams’ were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Debbie Williams was placed under a $25,000 surety bond and scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Records from Jailtracker indicate that she was released from custody just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Donald Williams was released around noon Wednesday on a $2,500 unsecured bond and is scheduled for a hearing in Laurel District Court on Jan. 21.
Although Sheriff’s officials said that neither of the Williams’ are considered as known drug dealers, the seizure of pills and property is yet another significant gain for his department.
“Our office is continuing to get support from the public and in return, we are continuing to get valuable information to help in our investigations and arrests of drug dealers in the area,” said Laurel County Sheriff John Root.