4 from Frankfort arrested on heroin charges

Drug bust at Sequoyah Trail

State Journal staff report, Published:

Four Frankfort residents are in jail for their alleged involvement in heroin trafficking.

William Jackson, 45, Nicholas Litteral, 21, Calvin West, 24, and Christie Baker, 31, were all arrested Wednesday.

Litteral and West are each being held on $10,200 bonds, charged with one count of trafficking in greater than 2 grams of heroin and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Jackson and Baker are each charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Baker is being held on a $20,200 bond.

Jackson is also charged with tampering with physical evidence, bringing his bond to $30,200.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said deputies executed a search warrant at a home on Sequoyah Trail Wednesday as a part of an ongoing drug investigation.

The investigation began, Melton said, after several neighbors complained about large numbers of people coming in and out of the house at all hours.

All four suspects were allegedly inside the house when the search took place.

Melton said deputies found heroin, cash and scales, but said he couldn’t specify an exact amount of money or drugs.

When Jackson got out of a cruiser at the jail, deputies allegedly found another bindle of heroin where he had been sitting. Melton said Jackson had been hiding it somewhere on him, which led to his additional evidence tampering charge.

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  • Regarding this whole pants-on-fire publicity stunt about the recent spike of heroin-related cases in this county, I call bullhockey! The War on Some Drugs Other Than Alcohol and Tobacco is a failure on several levels, but there is no data to support that heroin use should be a major concern.  That is just so much of Drug War hype.  

    As a result of this hype, there are actually otherwise intelligent friends of mine who watch/read about these scare stories and believe that a "new heroin epidemic" is taking over our country, when in actuality it is the same tiny group of social misfits and sick people that have always been here.

    What is "new" is the very expensive police's zero tolerance drug policy and their point of emphasis to catch all of them...and it is working.  They are going through this small group of heroin users like aids through gays in San Francisco, getting them to rat each other out to save their own skins. And pretty soon their will be none...just like the pop bottle meth epidemic that we went through last year.  Read about any meth busts lately? Me neither.  The authorities have been sounding the alarm about heroin since the Nixon Administration, and there still are far less than 1% of our population using it.  Where is the relative threat?

     I have studied the the phenomena of altered states of human consciousness all of my life.  If we carefully examine the science and our own experiences, we can tell that we are born with the drive to experiment with ways of changing consciousness.  Psychoactive drugs are but one of many possible techniques, each having their own risks and limitations.  The research supports this hypothesis that it is normal to seek changes in consciousness has never been discredited.

    The literature argues that "high" states originate in the central nervous system rather than in any external substances, as research on endorphins (morphine like molecules made in every human brain) and other neurochemicals strongly support this theory.  One of the principles of the drug problem has been in the failure of society to provide for that basic human need except currently with alcohol and nicotine.

    I am certainly not trying to downplay the very real problems that a very small percentage of folks with pre-exising conditions self-medicating that can manifest into stubborn relationships that they have with illicit drugs, but rather I am merely saying that with our present policies, the cure is worse than the disease.  But given that we have limited resources to combat health issues, it would seem that we should be making the two government approved drugs, alcohol and tobacco, our major concern as their impacts dwarf all illicit drugs combined.  That is a very real fact, not just some conjured "facts" based on hard opinions.

    The discussion on drugs and drug policies is always overly emotionally charged, with the intellectual level uniformly low.  This is true regardless of whether the participants are medical practitioners (shrinks), addicts, students, cops (including prosecutors) or folks on a forum.  I have waited for decades for the discussion to get around to the real issues but it never has and looks like it never will.  That is because we have turned it all over to the police to resolve...and they are the wrong tool for the job.

    Looking at the health data comparing heroin and alcohol and the list of short and long term illnesses caused by each, it is really no contest.  Heroin effects far less than 1% of our population.  Fifty percent of the adults in America are current regular drinkers, 39% of the kids ages 12-17 have had at least one drink in their lifetimes and 63% of full time college students reportedly used alcohol in the past month.  According to the CDC, there are approximately 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. In the single year 2005, there were more than 1.6 million hospitalizations and more than 4 million emergency room visits for alcohol-related conditions.  And this doesn't even account for all of the deaths from auto accidents and alcohol related violent crime.  And tobacco kills 440,000 people a year!  So, why again should heroin use be a top concern?  We are gagging on the gnat and swallowing the camel.
     

  • I don't see any collars on those uniforms. They seem to hug the neckline like T-shirts. Did the jail get new jumpsuits? Fancy.

  • grizley, March 27, 2014 8:12PM

    "i think our city and sheriffs dept are doing a great job on busting these drug dealing people i think they should get a minimum of 10 years no parole this might slow them down" 

    Well, who is gonna slow the Sheriff's Office down?  Matt Brown?

  • ummm sounds like someone needs to pad their re-election efforts. Wouldn't it be hilarious to find out that some contributions to his first campaign came from some of the very drug dealers he's busted..lmao

  • i think our city and sheriffs dept are doing a great job on busting these drug dealing people i think they should get a minimum of 10 years no parole this might slow them down 

     

  • Ya know, with all of the drug dealing that has been going on out of the Sheriff's Office in the recent past, it is hard to tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.  

  • yes beegee i have. I also haven't ever seen where the amount of drugs or money confiscated wasn't know at press time. Just the simple stuff. After what has been going on around here I would hope that that isn't the case. Lets hope these do not get off due to the investigative tactics that this office uses. I would hope that they did in fact investigate and make buys, not just go in after hearing about the traffic.

  • Ever hear of an ongoing investigation, Bodeen?

  • Melton said deputies found heroin, cash and scales, but said he couldn’t specify an "exact amount of money or drugs" AND WHY NOT?