Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Around 10:30 p.m, Monday, October 9, 2017, deputies Jonas Saunders and Joe Prewitt responded to a residence near Partin’s Grocery along Hwy 92E. Whitley County E911 had received a report of two men fighting in that area.

Upon arrival, the feuding parties had separated. While continuing his investigation, Dep. Saunders made contact with Kenneth R. Branham, 35, at a nearby residence. Branham initially gave Dep. Saunders a false identifying information. Once his real name was determined, it was revealed that he was wanted for arrest after violating his parole.

After being taken into custody, Branham was searched. Inside a storage pack attached to his belt, Dep. Saunders located a large bag of what’s believed to be approximately 18 grams of crystal “ice” methamphetamine, two smaller bags containing what’s believed to be meth, digital weighing scales and unfilled bags. Around where Branham was seated was found another small bag containing what’s believed to be meth.

Williamsburg Police Department K9 Officer Elijah Hunter responded. After the K9 indicated on the vehicle, it was searched and inside was discovered a jar containing what’s believed to be meth, a box containing what’s believed to be marijuana, two pills and two other plastic bags containing what’s believed to be meth.

While continuing the investigation, a person at the scene, James C. Storer, 34, exhibited suspicious behavior. Upon a search of the place where he was seated, a small bag was found containing what’s believed to be meth.

Another male at the location, David Lancaster, 44, was determined to be wanted for arrest.

A female, Jessica Johnson, 31, was also determined to be wanted for arrest.

Branham was arrested for his warrant and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), giving an officer a false name, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of a controlled substance not in its original container and possession of marijuana.

Storer was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).

Lancaster was arrested for failure to appear and theft by unlawful taking warrants. Johnson was arrested for a failure to appear warrant.