Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Sheriff Harrell and deputies execute two search warrants

Sheriff Colan Harrell, acting Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Sergeant Kirk Mays and Detective Derek Eubanks executed search warrants in the Savoy and Saxton communities on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The search warrants were obtained by Det. Eubanks following an investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics. During the searches, cash, marijuana, suboxone films and drug paraphernalia were found.

Crystal Harrell    Crystal Rapier Harrell, 35, of R.D. Rains Road, was arrested and is charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container.

Eugene Murray, 65, of the Saxton community, was arrested and charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Also arrested for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance was Betty Murray.

Lisa N. Coffey, 50, was arrested and charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

Lisa Coffey Eugene Murry Betty Murray

All subjects where lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

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Stolen purse complaint leads to endangering welfare of minors, drug-related arrests

Around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016, Deputy Derek Eubanks responded to the Hwy 1804 area after a female reported her purse had been stolen. The victim stated that Natosha A. Fox, 29, of Litteral Road, had stolen the purse, and the victim expressed concern for the safety of three children in Fox’s care.

Dep. Eubanks went to Fox’s residence and knocked on the door multiple times without receiving a response. Eventually a child opened the door and stated that Fox could not be awakened. Dep. Eubanks entered the residence to ensure the safety of the three children. Upon entry, he observed two adults, one male and one female, who appeared to be passed out and laying on the floor. Also on the floor were pills and a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Dep. Eubanks requested Whitley County E911 contact the Department for Health and Family Services in reference to the endangerment of the three children.

While continuing his investigation, Dep. Eubanks managed to wake the male, Matthew Aaron Watson, 25, of Buck Creek Road. When Dep. Eubanks went to retrieve for Watson a pair of pants from the bathroom, Dep. Eubanks found in a pocket a bottle containing pills and a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth.

Upon further investigation, all three children were removed from the residence by social services.

Watson was arrested and is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fox was arrested and is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fox is also charged as a fugitive from another state due to a warrant issued by Tennessee officials.

Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
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