Gordon Miles’ trash gave deputies enough evidence for a search warrant related to allegations that the former Franklin County High School assistant football coach was selling drugs, prosecutors said.
The 31-year-old was indicted Tuesday for trafficking in marijuana eight ounces to five pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said the sheriff’s office received tips that Miles’ home, 113 Baltrussol, “was like a McDonald’s with the amount of traffic that was coming in and out of there.”
Deputies conducted a trash pull, where Becker said they found plastic packaging with small portions of marijuana still attached. The plastic was allegedly consistent with the size needed to wrap about 5 pounds of the drug.
Once deputies got a search warrant, Becker said they found about 3 to 3 ½ pounds of high-grade marijuana inside a 5-gallon container in Miles’ bedroom.
Officers also allegedly found $1,760 in a hollowed out book in his room, two sets of digital scales and two smaller bags of marijuana.
Becker said Miles admitted ownership of the marijuana and scales.
“As far as I’m aware, he simply admitted to the marijuana and the scales being his,” Becker said, explaining that he doesn’t think Miles has admitted to selling the drug.
Miles was a volunteer assistant coach for Franklin County High School’s football team for the 2013 season.
FCHS athletic director Tracy Spickard confirmed that Miles is not a part of the current year’s coaching staff.
Other grand jury proceedings:
>Thomas West, 22, of 205 Secretariat Way, Kendall Harrison, 19, of 3065 Flat Creek, Kendall Brown, 42, of Georgetown, Paul McColor, 46, and Cecily Jones, 26, both of 185 Landings Drive, No. 2., were all indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
West and Harrison were also indicted for tampering with physical evidence.
West and Harrison were allegedly inside a car that was stopped for having a cracked windshield. When they began acting suspicious, the sheriff’s K-9 unit was called to the scene, later alerting deputies to the presence of narcotics.
Becker said there were four bindles of heroin in Harrison’s purse.
Harrison claimed that West put the bindles there and also directed her to hide a heroin rock in her vagina, Becker said. It was allegedly removed after she was taken to the Franklin County Regional Jail.
West allegedly told deputies he got the heroin from McColor.
Brown was inside the Landings Drive apartment when deputies arrived to conduct a search warrant. Inside they allegedly found about 2 grams of heroin, scales, $1,733, two cell phones and a can with a false bottom.
McColor and Jones later arrived and admitted they both lived in the apartment.
Becker said McColor was on pretrial release for a drug case out of Fayette County.
>Matthew Whitehouse, 23, of 141 Skyview Drive, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Whitehouse sold heroin to a confidential witness Jan. 22.
>Michael Shane Landrum, 27, was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Emily Wilkey said Landrum sold two oxycodone pills to a confidential informant for $60.
>Brian Neikirk, 39, of Lawrenceburg, and Linda Rogers, 36, of 614 Cheek St., were indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Neikirk was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender.
Both were allegedly seen near a car where two mobile meth labs were found. Neikirk took off running from the scene when Sheriff Pat Melton arrived and still has not been caught, Becker said.
Becker said deputies also found other items in the car such as batteries, funnels, coffee filters, razors and chemicals, indicative of making meth.
Neikirk has been convicted of complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor in 2008 in Anderson and Mercer counties, respectively.