Two Lyon County residents were arrested last week on a number of drug-related charges following a joint state police-sheriff's department investigation.
Paula J. Hunter, 42, and Benjamin Trafford, 38, both of Eddyville, were charged Feb. 4 following a search of separate residences on Ky. 93 South about 10 miles outside of Eddyville. Searches of homes about a mile apart yielded a combined 53 grams of methamphetamine; marijuana; alprazolam, a prescription medication for anxiety disorders; paraphernalia used to consume meth; and cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, according to a release from the Kentucky State Police.
A gram of meth currently has a street value of about $50, depending on quality, said Lyon County Sheriff Brent White. The 53 grams located in the search is a little less than 2 ounces and could be worth more than $2,500. But that is about half the value of five years ago, White said.
Hunter, found at one of the homes, was charged with first-degree trafficking in meth greater than or equal to 2 grams, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Trafford is facing the same charges with a firearm enhanced trafficking offense after authorities reportedly located a 9mm handgun under the man's pillow when he was confronted. He is also facing third-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance.
Both suspects were lodged in Crittenden County Detention Center.
At the time of the arrest, Hunter was out of jail on bond for a Jan. 1 arrest by Lyon County Sheriff's deputies. In that case, she was charged with trafficking in meth, trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property, a firearm. Her bond on these charges was revoked in Lyon District Court last Wednesday, and she remains in jail.
Trooper Will Propes is continuing the investigation.
The state police were assisted by Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Eddyville Police Department. and the Lyon County Jailer.