Indictments released, November 2017

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SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Grand Jury dismissed one case last week and returned the nine felony indictments.

The following indictments were released on November 2:

Samantha J. Cantrell, of West Liberty, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), a Class D felony; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about June 28, 2017, Cantrell allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Adam Chaffins, of Wayland, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (complicity), greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense, a Class C felony; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a Class D felony; third-degree possession of a controlled substance (complicity and drug unspecified), first offense, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia (complicity), a Class A misdemeanor; carrying a concealed weapon, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and second-degree persistent felony offender, a penalty enhancement. According to the indictment, on or about September 21, 2017, Chaffins allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, a quantity of a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, acting in complicity with Justin Darrly Slone and Tiffany Hall. He also allegedly possessed a quantity of marijuana and was in possession of a concealed handgun. He was previously convicted in a 2006 felony case in Floyd County Circuit Court. 

Tiffany Hall, of Wayland, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (complicity), greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense, a Class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia (complicity), a Class A misdemeanor; third-degree possession of a controlled substance (complicity and drug unspecified), first offense, a Class A misdemeanor; and carrying a concealed weapon, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about September 21, 2017, Hall allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, a quantity of a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, acting in complicity with Justin Darrly Slone and Adam Chaffins. She allegedly was also unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, according to the indictment.

Justin Darryl Slone, of Garrett, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (complicity), greater than or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense, a Class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia (complicity), a Class A misdemeanor; third-degree possession of a controlled substance (complicity and drug unspecified), first offense, a Class A misdemeanor; and carrying a concealed weapon, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about September 21, 2017, Slone allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, a quantity of a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia, acting in complicity with Tiffany Hall and Adam Chaffins. He allegedly was also unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, according to the indictment.

Justin M. Hall, of Paintsville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine, a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about December 14, 2016, Hall allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Bobby Shepherd, of Salyersville, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than two grams of methamphetamine, first offense, a Class D felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about June 4, 2017, Shepherd allegedly with possessed a quantity of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessed drug paraphernalia, and destroyed, concealed, removed, mutilated, or altered physical evidence.

Rhonda Bays, of Salyersville, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, methamphetamine, a Class D felony; public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol), a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, on or about June 7, 2017, Bays allegedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and was under the influence of methamphetamine in a public place.

Benji Salyers (AKA Benji Manns), of Salyersville, is charged in two separate indictments with one count of first-degree assault, domestic violence, a Class B felony; and one count of second-degree assault, a Class C felony. According to the indictment, on or about October 7, 2017, Salyers allegedly intentionally caused physical injury to two people (one with serious physical injuries) with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. 

The grand jury dismissed without prejudice the case against Justin Arnett, citing that, “insufficient evidence was presented to warrant an indictment at this time.”

Arrest warrants were issued against each of the defendants indicted on Thursday.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.