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November 11, 2013

Two caught in LPD drug sting

More than 3 grams of meth seized


Following a two-month investigation, a London man has been arrested twice for trafficking in a controlled substance.

The investigation started just over two months ago when Detective Jimmy Phelps received information that Elvis Presley Proffitt, 36, of 235 Sowders Lane, was trafficking in a controlled substance.

On Sept. 13, London Police Department conducted a buy/bust drug investigation on Ky. 80 in London.  Proffitt delivered approximately 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine to a police informant for $200. 

The investigation continued until Sept. 25 when an additional 8 grams of crystal methamphetamine was seized from Proffitt’s vehicle.

Following his arrest, Proffitt’s residence on Sowders Lane was searched where officers found an additional amount of methamphetamine.

Brittany Yaden, 25, of 3005 Spring Branch Road, was arrested at the residence on outstanding warrants and additional drug charges are pending.  Both Yaden and Proffitt were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Proffitt was released on bond on Oct. 1.  Within days of his release, Police Chief Stewart Walker began receiving information that Proffitt was once again trafficking in methamphetamine.

On Monday, Walker received information Proffitt was staying in a local motel and trafficking methamphetamine.

With the help of a police informant, Walker and Detective Joe Smith conducted a buy/bust investigation.  Approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamine was purchased for $230 and Proffitt was again immediately taken into custody.

Following the arrest, another London man was arrested for trafficking in a controlled substance.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Elbert “Lee” McFadden, 38, of 224 Falls St., arrived at the motel room where Proffitt had been staying.  Proffitt had contacted McFadden and asked him to bring more methamphetamine.  When McFadden arrived, he was met by Detective Smith and Officer Justin Hopkins and was immediately taken into custody.

Approximately 1.8 grams of methamphetamine was recovered.

Proffitt was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug unspecified.

McFadden was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense; no operators-moped license.

They were both lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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