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Five arrested in 2013 marijuana case

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One more arrest could be coming, according to sheriff's office

By The Staff

 

Five individuals were arrested following a four-year long investigation into marijuana trafficking, and another arrest could be forthcoming, according to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report.

Those arrested, according to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, were Vaughn Sanders, of Liberty Road in Mannsville, on two counts of trafficking in marijuana more than five pounds; Teresa Gabehart, of Liberty Road in Mannsville, on one count of trafficking in marijuana more than five pounds; Joshua Barbour, of Elm Street in Campbellsville, on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance first degree and being a persistent felony offender; John Penn, of Liberty Road in Mannsville, on two counts of trafficking in marijuana more than five pounds; and Justin Blake Penn, of Oak Lane in Mannsville, who is charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana more than five pounds.

The charges stem from the discovery of a building in Taylor County that was housing more than a thousand pounds of marijuana.

In October 2013, deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office uncovered around 1,400 pounds of marijuana in a storage building located on Donna Drive, off KY 55 between Campbellsville and Columbia. The building, located at 55 Donna Drive, was more than 3,400 square feet.

A search warrant was executed on the building after several people in the area complained of a strong odor resembling the smell of marijuana coming from the building. The estimated street value of the marijuana found in the building was around $455,000, according to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office at the time, but Sheriff Allen Newton said it could be even higher than that.

The Kentucky State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force assisted with the recovery of the marijuana and processing the scene for fingerprints and other DNA. From there, they adopted the investigation, according to the TCSO report, and were able to secure indictment warrants for six individuals.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force executed five of those warrants on Thursday, Jan. 25, with a total of 13 indictment warrants served.

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