Investigation leads to drug arrests

Published 3:13 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SOUTH POINT — Two South Point residents will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court following their arrest on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony 2.

Raymond E. Jenkins, 35 and Kandas B. Johnson, 32, of 1173 Lot 1, County Road 1, were taken into custody at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s drug and major crimes task force.

“We had had some complaints from neighbors about activity around the house,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. “We started investigating and got some informants to make control buys.”

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The investigation began approximately three months ago.

According to a release from Lawless, the search of the home resulted in approximately 50 grams of crystal meth, numerous hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, a hand gun and $2,000 in cash being recovered.

The pair will be arraigned on Friday in the courtroom of Judge Donald Capper.

“This is a very deadly drug,” Lawless said. “Crystal meth is a more refined product than regular meth. We wanted to work this case as quickly as possible.

Joining the sheriff and the task force were the Ironton Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.

“The case will also be placed before the grand jury where more charges may be made,” Lawless said.