Two former local standout athletes and a former day care employee were among the five people arrested Tuesday in what the sheriff said is the largest heroin seizure he’s heard of in Franklin County.
Dylan Hurst, Kayla Hyatt, Deshawn Barnett and Chanta Whiteford, all 22 and of Frankfort, and Casey Tabor, 19, of Lexington, are lodged in Franklin County Regional Jail, each charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said his office had surveillance on Hurst’s home at 104 Shelby St. as a part of an ongoing investigation. Hurst allegedly lived at the home with Hyatt, who is his fiancée, according to his Facebook page.
Melton said the five were distributing drugs brought to Franklin County from Detroit.
Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a team of three detectives and six deputies executed a search warrant at the home. Inside, they found about 0.75 ounces of heroin, more than 2 ounces of cocaine, several hundred pills and thousands of dollars in cash.
That amount of heroin is enough to supply more than 200 people with a bindle — a tenth of a gram.
The money and drugs were scattered throughout the home, Melton said. Some of the pills and cocaine were hidden in a box made to look like a book.
Sheriff’s officials also said they found three guns — a rifle in the master bedroom, a loaded handgun under the couch where some of the suspects were seated and another loaded handgun hidden in a downstairs toilet.
Detectives said there was a surveillance camera mounted on the front porch, enabling residents to see anyone who approached the home’s front door.
All five suspects inside the home were taken into custody without incident, Melton said.
“We are going to continue to aggressively put drug dealers in jail,” Melton said.
Several of the suspects are well known in the community.
Casey Tabor was a basketball player at Franklin County High School. He was a junior on the 2012 team that went to the final four of the 11th Region tournament — the first time the team had advanced to that level in years.
Dylan Hurst was considered an important asset for the FCHS golf team. As a senior, he shot a 35 in the 2008 Frankfort Cup to tie the current tournament record.
Hyatt is a former employee at New Horizons Child Development Center, the day care at First Christian Church, but current employees confirmed that she hasn’t worked there for several months.
Hurst and Hyatt made the news when they were both involved in a serious car accident in June 2011.
According to police, they were passengers in a car that was hit while attempting to turn left from Rosewood Lane onto Wilkinson Boulevard.
The car’s driver was flown to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in critical condition.
Another passenger was sent to Frankfort Regional Medical Center and later transported to UK.
Hurst and Hyatt were sent to Frankfort Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released.
Deshawn Barnett also made the news in December 2012 when he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
Police said he was driving a motorcycle on Louisville Road when a Chevy Trailblazer tried to make a left turn from the Sonic parking lot.
Barnett hit the driver’s side of the SUV and was pinned underneath it.
Witnesses lifted the vehicle off of him, and he was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center with a leg injury, cuts and road rash.
Melton said this is the first time his office has dealt with any of the suspects.
“These individuals are making very poor choices,” Melton said. “We’re not going to tolerate it.”
They are each being held on a $40,000 bond.