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Importing heroin case nets 3 arrests

IVTYON – Three people were arrested for allegedly importing heroin after police observed something being thrown out of a vehicle on KY 114.

According to the police report, on June 12 around 6 a.m. Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels was following a vehicle approximately four miles east of Salyersville on KY 114 when he noticed one of the occupants throwing something out the window, so he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The female passenger, Tiffany Shanea Brown, 30, of Georgetown, reportedly gave Nickels someone else’s name and Social Security number. During the search of the vehicle he found a set of scales in Brown’s bag. Brown told police the driver, Ryan Van Sexton, 37, of Garner, KY, had given her heroin and told her to hide it inside of her so it wouldn’t be caught.

When she went to retrieve the heroin, the bag busted, so she was taken to Highlands ARH to be cleared before being transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center (BSRDC).

Sexton’s license reportedly came back as suspended and he had other warrants on him, so he was also taken to BSRDC.

Travis Kyle Ross, 30, of Georgetown was also a passenger in the vehicle and had reportedly thrown out his information to keep from being identified and a pipe out the window. When the vehicle was searched, Ross also had heroin between the seats, according to the citation. Though he refused to give his correct ID information, police were able to identify Ross and found he had active warrants, as well, and he was taken to BSRDC.

All three individuals are still being held by BSRDC at press time, awaiting future court dates.

Brown is currently charged with giving officer false identifying information, importing heroin, and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia. Ross is charged with giving officer false identifying information, importing heroin, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence. Sexton is charged with criminal littering, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license and importing heroin.

At this time, preliminary hearings are scheduled for June 21 for the Brown and Sexton.

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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