By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
A group of law enforcement officers was in Estill County Friday to arrest several people on federal charges and the Citizen Voice & Times was there.
Early that morning Citizen Voice & Times owner Teresa Hatfield became concerned about her family on Pea Ridge because there didn’t seem to be any telephone service in that area. Several families reported they could neither call in or out.
She decided to go check on them and discovered several law enforcement officers that included Kentucky State Police uniformed officers and other officers from unidentified agencies participating in some kind of raid in the Stacy Lane area.
Hatfield was in a position to take pictures of some of the people who were arrested and others were identified from a community corrections website. Attempts to gain information about why the individuals were arrested were unsuccessful.
Most of those arrested were taken to the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington except for two that were lodged locally.
Those taken to the Estill County Jail include Danny W. Hardy, 31. He was charged with two counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), two counts of first degree possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with
one count of second degree possession of a controlled substance, one count of third degree possession of a controlled substance and prescription not in proper container. All of these were listed as first offenses.
The uniform citation was prepared by KSP Trooper Michael Stotts. He stated on the citation that while executing a federal search warrant Hardy was allegedly discovered to have a pill bottle containing several different types of pills including oxycodone and Xanax in his pocket.
The citation states that Hardy allegedly had a bottle containing suspected cocaine that was packaged to sell. A plate containing residue, a cut straw and a credit card were allegedly found under the suspect’s bed where he was sleeping. The other paraphernalia was also allegedly found in the room where Hardy was sleeping.
Hardy’s bail was set at $25,000 cash or property.
Also lodged in the Estill County Jail was Penny Kay Norton, 43, who was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Alabama. The Shelby County Alabama sheriff confirmed that she was wanted in his county for felony theft of property and requested Norton be asked to sign an extradition waiver.
She will also face charges of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The uniform citation prepared by KSP Detective Bret Kirkland stated this subject allegedly had $907 in her possession along with 20 yellow pills he suspected were Percoset and 17 green pills he suspected were Loritab.
Bail was set at $35,000 on the current charges.
KSP Trooper Charles Bowman was the arresting officer.
The CV&T confirmed as lodged in Fayette County the following subjects: Delphine Jenkins, 48, Thomas Norton, 47,Vcky Lynn Norton, 35, Gary Gene Norton, 51, Hope Renee Sparks, 41, Rex Allen Hardy, 37, Danny Lee Abney, 20 and Joe Allen Kirby 47.
Information on with what, if anything, these individuals were charged was unavailable but the community corrections website listed charges as “federal.”