3 OC residents facing drug charges in Kentucky
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:08 pm
Three Obion Countians were arrested on drug-related charges early Sunday in Paducah, Ky., after a traffic stop led police to a motel room for further investigation.
Arrested were Mark R. London, 43, of Troy and Laurie K. Flora, 41, and Tracy J. McDaniel, 42, both of Union City, according to a Paducah Police Department press release.
London was charged with two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain insurance and improper equipment, while Ms. Flora and Ms. McDaniel were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree wanton endangerment.
According to the police press release, a police officer stopped a vehicle driven by London about 1:45 a.m. Sunday on Parisa Drive in Paducah. During the stop, the officer learned from London that he had a concealed rifle in the vehicle.
The officer and a deputy from the McCracken County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department searched the vehicle and found a .40-caliber handgun that was also concealed. London allegedly told officers he had forgotten about the handgun.
The officers continued to search for other weapons and found two methamphetamine pipes; eight grams of methamphetamine, which has a street value of about $800; plastic bags allegedly used to store methamphetamine; and $8,800 cash, according to the police department’s press release.
Police also found a key to a room at a motel on Hinkleville Road in Paducah in London’s possession.
At 5 a.m. Sunday, the police officer and the head of the police department’s Drug and Vice Enforcement Unit went to the motel room and found Ms. Flora, Ms. McDaniel and three children — ages 11, 7 and 3.
Police reported Ms. Flora agreed to let officers search the room and they found a recently-used methamphetamine pipe. Ms. Flora allegedly admitted she was smoking methamphetamine when the officers knocked on the motel room door and that she hid the pipe in the couch. She also allegedly admitted she had smoked methamphetamine in the room about two hours earlier.
A police officer and his drug detection dog searched the room and found a black bag containing various items of drug paraphernalia, including digital scales. Officers determined the bag belonged to London, according to the press release.
A representative of the Department of Social Services came to the scene and took custody of the three children until relatives could be located. The representative and an officer stayed at the motel with the children so they could continue sleeping until they were picked up by relatives, police reported.
London, Ms. Flora and Ms. McDaniel were booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.
Published in The Messenger 2.22.11