Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Theft in progress call results in arrest

Around 3 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016, Lieutenant Dennis Foley received a report of a suspected theft in progress outside an Emlyn Cemetery Road residence. A female stated she woke up to noises and discovered a man was inside her car, which was parked in the driveway.

Williamsburg Police Department Sergeant Brandon White responded to assist Lt. Foley. When Sgt. White arrived, he located 25-year-old Kevin J. Llewellyn beside the caller’s car and detained him. The victim told Lt. Foley that she had seen the male going through her car, including the trunk area. In Llewellyn’s possession were items that the victim stated were hers, and there were signs of damage to the vehicle.

Llewellyn appeared to be under the influence and was arrested for public intoxication, theft by unlawful taking (under $500), third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Tip leads to drug arrest

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016, an anonymous source reported that a female was in possession of, and may have been attempting to sell, methamphetamine at a business near Corbin. Deputy Jonas Saunders went to the business and located a female matching the description provided by the anonymous source.

Dep. Saunders spoke with Wendy B. Blanton, 32, of the Rockholds community, about the complaint and asked if she was in possession of any illegal items. Blanton denied possessing any illegal items, but a search led to the finding of a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance believed to be meth.

Blanton was arrested and is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and public intoxication. Dep. Saunders was assisted by Sergeant Kirk Mays.

Over $7,000 in cash & marijuana seized

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays responded to a citizen’s request for extra patrol along Hwy 904. While on patrol, he spotted a 2005 Dodge SUV fail to signal and continue driving in a careless manner.

Sgt. Mays conducted a traffic stop, and the driver, Christopher King, 26, of Jellico, stated he did not have a driver’s license in his
possession. Whitley County E911 reported to Sgt. Mays that a man by that name and matching his description was wanted for a felony offense out of Georgia.

Sgt. Mays detained King and his passenger, Joshua Bowen, 30, of the Southern Whitley County area, to continue the investigation.

Upon first approaching the vehicle, Sgt. Mays had noticed what seemed to be the scent of marijuana. King provided consent to search the vehicle, and admitted there was marijuana in it. A block of marijuana weighing approximately five pounds was located. Concealed within the console was approximately $6,800, and King had on his person an additional $500 in cash.

King was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana (greater than five pounds), careless driving and failure to signal. He was also served with the Georgia arrest warrant.

Bowen was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana (greater than five pounds). He was also served with a Whitley Co. warrant for trafficking in cocaine (greater than 4 grams). The charge for trafficking in cocaine stemmed from an investigation by Whitley Co. Lieutenant Tim Baker during his time as the department’s narcotics detective.

King and Bowen were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center. Assisting at the scene were Lt. Baker and Deputy James Fox.

Two charged with trafficking in methamphetamine

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2016, the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant at a residence beside the Marathon gas station in the Highland Park community of Williamsburg. Found in a bedroom drawer were two pill bottles. In one bottle were bags containing a crystal-like substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine. In the other bottle was a bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Located under a mattress was a container in which were hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.

The residents, 26-year-old Darren L. Canada and 26-year-old Krysten M. Stevens, were placed under arrest. Found on Stevens’ person were several pills believed to be Clonazepam and a bag containing a Suboxone film and half of a pill believed to be Suboxone. Found in Canada’s vehicle were needles and a glass pipe.

Canada is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), trafficking in marijuana (under 8 ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stevens is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested at the scene was 20-year-old John D. Carroll, who is charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sergeant Kirk Mays is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Lieutenant Tim Baker and K9 Deputy James Fox.

Traffic stop results in suspected meth-related arrest

On February 7, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders conducted a traffic stop on Moore Lane in the Highland Park community of Williamsburg. The vehicle was being driven by 20-year-old Brandon Blaylock and was occupied by three females. One female passenger, 36-year-old Sonya Cole, had an active warrant for her arrest.

During the investigation, a plastic bag containing what’s believed to be “ice” methamphetamine was located within a pants pocket of 27-year-old Felicia A. Blakley. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, a hypodermic needle and a pill believed to be clonazepam were found.

Blakley was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.

Blaylock, Cole and the fourth passenger, 33-year-old Crystal Bunch, were arrested and charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.

Assisting in the investigation was Whitley County Sheriff Sergeant Kirk Mays and Williamsburg Police Department Officers Ashley Wampler and Elijah Hunter.