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Authorities arrest 5 after house raid

Staff report

Drug detectives arrested five people on drug charges Wednesday morning after nearly 200 grams of methamphetamine were found at a McCracken County residence.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, detectives received several complaints alleging illegal drug activity occurring at 2422 Seneca Lane. They obtained a search warrant and allegedly found 185 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Detectives estimated its street value at $18,500.

Detectives said they also found marijuana, a semi-automatic handgun and items indicative of drug trafficking, including a digital scale.

Five people were in the residence at the time of the search, detectives said. All were arrested and jailed.

n Jennifer L. Carpenter, 28, of Paducah, was charged with firearm-enhanced trafficking in meth-greater than 2 grams, firearm-enhanced trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

n Michael J. Ward, 36, of Paducah, was charged with firearm-enhanced trafficking in meth-greater than 2grams, firearm-enhanced trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Detectives said Ward was wanted on two outstanding warrants, one out of McCracken County and one from the federal court system.

n Craig A. Battoe, 31, of Benton was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine-greater than 2 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

n Jamie E. Sawyers, 28, of Paducah was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff's department said Battoe and Sawyers were on probation for prior drug offenses.

n Shawn Buttrum, 42, of Paducah, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff's department said more arrests are likely.

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