The Marshall County Sheriff's Office last week reported two major drug busts that resulted in more than a pound of methamphetamine and a variety of other illegal drugs seized and four arrests.

Jerod Belcher, 33, of Almo, Jasmine N. Seay, 22, of Paducah, Jerry Tynes, 33, of Paducah and Lee Ann Fox, 48, of Murray, were arrested by detectives with the MCSO last week and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center. All four were arraigned in Marshall District Court on June 5, pleaded not guilty to all charges and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 17.

Belcher and Seay were passengers in Tynes' vehicle on Tatumsville Highway when, during an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine, detectives with the MCSO conducted a traffic stop. Deputy K-9 Fox alerted detectives to the presence of drugs and during the search, officers located a little more than one pound of methamphetamine and more than $700 in cash.

Upon arriving at the detention center, Tynes received additional charges when officers discovered several ounces of methamphetamine he had "concealed on his person."

Belcher is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree, 2nd offense methamphetamine; Seay is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence; Tynes is charged with drug paraphernalia buy/possess, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (methamphetamine) and promoting contraband 1st degree. Each remain at the Marshall County Detention Center where they're being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

Following the arrests, MCSO detectives contacted McCracken County Sheriff's Office, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and the DEA of Paducah to further the investigation which resulted in the seizure of an additional pound of methamphetamine in Muhlenberg County.

On the same day and also during an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine, MCSO detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. The resulting search uncovered approximately 52 grams of methamphetamine, an ounce of marijuana, a variety of prescription pills, digital scales and more than $1,100 cash.

Fox, who was in the vehicle, was arrested on numerous charges including drug paraphernalia buy/possess; possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree drug unspecified; trafficking in marijuana less than eight ounces 1st offense; trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense (methamphetamine); trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense drug unspecified; trafficking in controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense (amphetamine); trafficking in controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense (non-narcotics); trafficking in controlled substance 3rd degree 1st offense (drug unspecified); tampering with physical evidence. She remains in custody at the Marshall County Detention Center where she's being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire praised his detectives for their dedication to the safety of the community and diligence in removing harmful drugs from circulation, saying, "The revived efforts of our drug unit has launched a new level of drug enforcement and we are very happy with the progress made."

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