ROYALTON – A traffic collision early Tuesday morning ended in the biggest meth bust in Magoffin’s history.
Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Tipton attempted to stop a vehicle in the Royalton community for driving on the road with two off-road light bars on, but the subject Kenneth Lee Haden, 32, of Blue River, Kentucky, fled, and when Tipton followed the direction the vehicle had been traveling, found it on its top.
Tipton notes in the arrest citation that he saw a subject running from the vehicle into the creek and across a field, and found a passenger sitting on the other side of the vehicle in the roadway.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Haney located Hayden running through the creek near the Dollar General Store in Royalton, but Hayden refused to obey police commands to stop.
Trooper Haney saw him standing on a porch of a residence just past Risner’s General Store. He noted there were no lights on inside the residence and the porch light was turned off. When Haney turned around, he was gone, but the homeowner came out and told him that a guy was trying to get in and advised that he had run around the house.
KSP Trooper Thompson noted in the arrest citation that Hayden was then sighted running in the creek, again, and police told him to get on the ground and show his hands. He argued with law enforcement and refused to put his hands behind his back.
After being pepper sprayed, Hayden was no longer aggressive towards Troopers Haney and Thompson, and allowed himself to be handcuffed.
Hayden was carrying a black bag during the chase and subsequent arrest and when asked by law enforcement what was in the bag he said there was $4,000 to $5,000 in cash and possibly some meth.
When the officers opened the bag, they found four plastic bags of a rock crystal substance that appeared to be methamphetamine, weighing in at 145 grams.
There was also a small bag of a white powder substance that appeared to be cocaine, that weighed 15 grams.
In total there was $5,967 in cash packaged with the narcotics. Law enforcement also found several needles, spoons, and baggies in the bag.
In the car at the scene of the collision, they also found a gallon-size baggie containing several green baggies used for packaging narcotics, as well as a set of scales. Deputy Tipton also located a Colt .38 revolver that was loaded and a Taurus PT738 .380 semi-automatic pistol. Hayden is a convicted felon and was in possession of these weapons, according to the arrest citation.
Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery said that to his knowledge this was the largest meth bust in the county’s history. Within the past year, law enforcement had confiscated 45 grams of meth in a bust that was, at the time, the largest in Magoffin’s history, then last summer at a road check found 116 grams, and with this arrest, 145 grams.
Hayden is facing charges in three cases in Magoffin County, with 15 charges total: second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot); resisting arrest; menacing; second-degree disorderly conduct; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (greater than or equal to 2 grams methamphetamine); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (greater than or equal to 4 grams cocaine); two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; buying or possessing drug paraphernalia; glaring headlights; fleeing or evading police, first degree (motor vehicle); fleeing or evading police, second degree (on foot); operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license; leaving the scene of an accident – failure to render aid or assistance; and failure to produce insurance card.
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