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Five arrested in trafficking case

ELK CREEK – Five people were arrested Sunday night on charges related to drug trafficking after police served a search warrant at an Elk Creek home.

According to the arrest citations, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputies J. Osborne, Dewey Marshall and Eugene Salyer went to serve a search warrant at a home on Elk Creek on February 27 at approximately 10 p.m.

Upon searching the home, police reportedly found three baggies with a white powdery substance, multiple empty baggies, marijuana buds and marijuana roaches all in the back bedroom, as well as seven rifles and a pistol in a building.

Police noted in the citations that none of the people present during the search were willing to make a statement to the deputies, with all five arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time.

Those charged were: Aireana Williams, 18, of Columbus, OH; Jennifer Fletcher, 41, of Elk Creek, Salyersville; Minnie Johnson, 57, of Elk Creek, Salyersville; Marvin Hunter Jr., 28, of Pontiac, Michigan; and Kaylen Banta, 20, of Pontiac, Michigan, all charged with possession of marijuana, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (greater than or equal to 10 drug units, drug unspecified). Johnson is also facing one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and seven counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The five are set for preliminary hearings in their felony cases on March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.

Police also arrested another man on misdemeanor drug charges after reportedly finding him in a camper on the property with drug paraphernalia and a quantity of an unspecified controlled substance, as well as for three active warrants (two out of Carter County and one from Johnson County).

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.

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