Trash search leads deputies to more drugs

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

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.

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  • People are already dying...from the officially government sanctioned drugs of alcohol and tobacco.  If all legal drugs were decriminalized, illicit drug deaths would most likely go down.  See Portugal:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/

    Excerpt:

    "Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.

    Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:

    Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.

    “There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.

    The number of addicts considered “problematic” — those who repeatedly use “hard” drugs and intravenous users — had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.

    Other factors had also played their part however, Goulao, a medical doctor added.

    “This development can not only be attributed to decriminalisation but to a confluence of treatment and risk reduction policies.”

  • CC: "little punk white boys and girls"

    Again... such anger.

    CC: "if ever all drugs were legalized"

    I don't think ANYONE here has said those words, until you did. Once "all drugs were legalized" people would very quickly start dying. If you were the sort of person that thinks the problem would then take care of itself, what's the problem??

  • Correction:  The source I used that stated 16 percent of the total population of people living in Franklin County are black was incorrect and off by 1/3, as the US Census in 2013 listed: 

    "Black or African American alone, percent, 2013 at 11.0%".  My apologies.
     

  • capitalcitizen, August 15, 2014 9:49AM

    "The problem with your statistics in Frankfort-Franklin County, BrunoUno, is that being a dope-head drug dealer is color-blind.  As far as arrests go, there are as many caucasian dope dealers being arrested as there are persons of color arrested for dope dealing."

    The problem with your thinking is that there are only 16% of Franklin County residents considered black and like you said they account for at least half of the arrests and convictions.  That is what is known as a statistical disparity.  Color-blind my arse!

  • gayle_woods, August 14, 2014 2:44PM

    @steve_fry

    g_w: "If that offends you or him too bad."

    "That's not a very good attitude."

    "I know that however It's one I developed from dealing with people."

    Let's expand that answer to "It's one I developed from dealing with people as a cop."

  • The problem with your statistics in Frankfort-Franklin County, BrunoUno, is that being a dope-head drug dealer is color-blind.  As far as arrests go, there are as many caucasian dope dealers being arrested as there are persons of color arrested for dope dealing.

    We hit a snag when the prosecutors and judges get involved and start treating these little punk white boys and girls with kid gloves.

    Second thought on a lot of this, though, BrunoUno - if ever all drugs were legalized, we'd have this massive drag on society for all of the unemployed, worthless, uneducated drug dealers.  Legal drugs would then pass through retail outlets and most of these useless types that deal drugs would find their easy money gone.

  • gayle_woods, August 14, 2014 11:14AM

    "Bruno,

    With blacks making up around fourteen percent of the population nationwide the question remains why are so many in the prison system? If I understand you correctly it is because of white people’s injustice toward blacks?"

    Because of cops like you who are ignorant about even the most basic historical and sociological impacts that 400 years of slavery and then institutionalized Jim Crow segregation and racism has on a group of people. Cops like you profile black people dispropotionally, and prosecutors and judges who are ignorant just like you send them away at disproportionately higher rates. The system is broken and you helped!

    For years I have worked with and known a lot of cops as well as I have cops in my family, and I find that the vast majority think just like you, narrow minded and bigoted and the power has corrupted them to the core...there are a few exceptions.  Most notably it seems that FBI agents are cut from an entirely different cloth IMHO.

     

    Incarceration Trends in America

    - From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
    - Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.
    - Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in every 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the        population is under some form of correctional control

    Racial Disparities in Incarceration

    - African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
    - African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
    - Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up  approximately one quarter of the US population
    - According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today's prison and jail populations  would decline by approximately 50%
    - One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in  prison during his lifetime
    - 1 in 100 African American women are in prison
    - Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal  court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

    Drug Sentencing Disparities

    - About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
    - 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of  Whites
    - African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for  a drug offense.
    - African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing  Project)

    Contributing Factors

    - Inner city crime prompted by social and economic isolation
    - Crime/drug arrest rates: African Americans represent 12% of monthly drug users, but comprise 32% of persons arrested for drug possession
    - "Get tough on crime" and "war on Some drugs" policies
    - Mandatory minimum sentencing, especially disparities in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine possession
    - In 2002, blacks constituted more than 80% of the people sentenced under the federal crack cocaine laws and served substantially more time in prison -  for drug offenses than did whites, despite that fact that more than 2/3 of crack cocaine users in the U.S. are white or Hispanic
    - "Three Strikes"/habitual offender policies
    - Zero Tolerance policies as a result of perceived problems of school violence; adverse affect on black children.
    - 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of  whites

    Effects of Incarceration

    - Jail reduces work time of young people over the next decade by 25-30 percent when compared with arrested youths who were not incarcerated
    - Jails and prisons are recognized as settings where society's infectious diseases are highly concentrated
    - Prison has not been proven as a rehabilitation for behavior, as two-thirds of prisoners will reoffend

    Exorbitant Cost of Incarceration: Is it Worth It?

    - About $70 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly
    - Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety

    When we think of racial profiling, we generally think of a Black or Latino in a car who gets stopped by police based on skin color. Often, a minor traffic infraction, like failing to signal when changing lanes, provides the legal rationale for such stops, when in reality the stops are motivated by race. Most Americans get why this is wrong. But the role that race plays in the criminal justice system goes far beyond this type of profiling.

    Two exerts in this field are Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, and David Cole, a Georgetown law professor, who in "Five Myths about Americans in Prison" examined the role of race in incarceration.

    These men show that not only are people of color stopped more frequently by police, their communities, particularly with anti-drug efforts, receive far more attention from police. And black men are often charged and prosecuted differently than their White counterparts.

    Mauer and Cole attempt to dispel the myth that there is a disproportionate number of Black people in prison because Black people commit more crimes.

    They point out that although Whites and African Americans use and sell drugs at about the same rates, Black men in 2003 were almost 12 times as likely to go to prison as White men. Although Black people are 12 percent of the population and 14 percent of drug users, according to Mauer and Cole, they comprise 34 percent of those arrested for drug offenses and 45 percent of those incarcerated in state prisons for such offenses.

    Both men attribute disparities in incarceration rates in part to the way urban Black communities are policed.

    "Police find drugs where they look for them," they wrote. "Inner-city, open-air drug markets are easier to bust than those that operate out of suburban basements. And numerous studies show that minorities are stopped by police more often than Whites."

    It is the same thing here in Frankfort where Sheriff Melton has routine walking patrols in Prince Hall Village and Walter Todd projects as well as he spends a lot of time in Bellpoint and in Section 8 housing snooping through peoples garbage. I can't imagine that in one of the wealthier and much whiter areas of the city...it simly would not be tolerated.  

  • gayle_woods, August 14, 2014 10:57AM

    "Bruno:

    Those black people choose to abuse drugs because they are hedonistic animals! Your words not mine, however what are the reasons they tend to abuse drugs more than whites? Also to be more PC maybe we should replace “animals” with “underachiever’s”."

    It is called sarcasm, ever heard of it?  And those are not "MY WORDS", they are the words of your fellow police officers in Furguson, MO.  "Bring it, all you f***king animals! Bring it!" the officer said in the exchange.  

    Watch the video here...doesn't it make you proud to be in that fraternity?  

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/michael-brown-protests_n_5672163.html

    And the fact that you think that black people are "underachievers" and that you think that that makes you PC says volumes about you personally.  What is wrong with you?

     

  • Mr. Woods, please don't flatter yourself into thinking that even a sliver of my happiness is determined by you.  In the past I have defended your opinions and agreed with your stance on a number of things.  I will do so no further after the communications that went on in this thread...

    "It’s just how I think Muslim’s appear."

    In the grand scheme of things, your opinion doesn't really matter Mr. Woods.  You have shown your cards and as far as I am concerned, you got nothin'.  Then again, even my opinion is inconsequential.  Just keep lying to yourself Mr. Woods and tell us you're not judging when that is EXACTLY what you're doing.  

  • G_W.....Here is a little tid bit of information for you to think about before you begin making more ignorant comments in reference to how many African Americans are serving prison time. In the State of Ky there are approximately 62,400 Caucasian offenders with 18,700 of them currently serving prison time (this does not include those serving  jail time - 12 months or less), 29 of them are currently sitting on death row. There are approximately 16,700 African American offenders with 5,000 of them currently serving prison time (this does not include those serving jail time -12 months or less ), 4 of them are currently sitting on death row. Now if you are good at math you will probably see that 30 % of the Caucasians offenders that are serving actual prison time and 30% of the African American offenders that are actually serving prison time. However, there are 4 times more Caucasian offenders currently in Kentucky than there are African Americans. I am providing you with all of this information to prove your theories/views can be somewhat skewed and unfounded. (BTW - this information came from the Kentucky Department of Corrections Website). These facts to do not include the entire US as a whole, these numbers say a lot. And before you get on here saying that I must be some angry African American with a felony record, let me make this VERY clear to you...I am an educated and hard working AMERICAN who happens to DISLIKE racism and ignorant people who choose not to educate themselves!

    Some other interesting facts that I found while doing an internet search:

    *About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
    * 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
     

     

     

  • @nikki42:

    *** that how this works, you call me a few names and expect me to retort by calling you some other names?

    Your question: "Look how many white people they have busted lately, do you have anything to say about them?" Yes I will say they were breaking the law and got caught and now they have to pay the price for their irresponsibility. What's your point?

    Your question: "Are they animals too?" I have not met them personally so I can't say with any degree of accuracy. I will say I don't remember calling anyone animals. Please clarify.

  • @steve_fry

    g_w: "If that offends you or him too bad."

    "That's not a very good attitude."

    I know that however It's one I developed from dealing with people.

     

  • I don't know who "gayle woods" is, but you sure are ignorant.  Just becasue he has a beard and bald head does not make him a muslim.  There are alot of African American males in prison, just as there are Caucasians.  What makes me sick about you is that the "white" man brings the drugs into the united states, and then distributes all over.  Some are getting caught, but not nearly enough.  African Americans are not animals.  You need to educate yourself, but of course you can't becasue you are ignorant.  It's sad that in today's society racism is still alive and well.  Look how many white people they have busted lately, do you have anything to say about them?  Are they animals too?

  • g_w: "If that offends you or him too bad."

    That's not a very good attitude.

  • @bumbleb

    August 13, 2014 2:55PM

    "So now every man with a beard is rocking a "Muslim look"?  Get out of town with that.  I've seen some absolutely ridiculous things be posted in these comments, but that takes the cake.  If you're making a joke, it's not funny."

    It’s not just the beard. He has shaved his head and grows a full beard with dark skin and heavy eye brows. It’s just how I think Muslim’s appear. I’m not on here trying to make you happy. I simply stated my opinion of what the guy looks like to me. If that offends you or him too bad.

  • CC:

    “IF that's really you, gayle_woods:  actually, it's just offensive to refer to someone in such a way and imply it's a "Muslim look."”

    I just call it the way I see it. I don’t know and don’t care what his religious beliefs are. It’s just my opinion of the "look" he is trying to achieve or go with. If it offends you or him that’s your all’s problem not mine. I’m not the feelings police.

  • Bruno,

    With blacks making up around fourteen percent of the population nationwide the question remains why are so many in the prison system? If I understand you correctly it is because of white people’s injustice toward blacks?

  • IF that's really you, gayle_woods:  actually, it's just offensive to refer to someone in such a way and imply it's a "Muslim look."

    Bruno_Uno:  I am not 14 years old (though I suspect you are of the mentality to do such a thing) - so I did not assume anyone's moniker to post here.  That's what they do over on Topix, right?  Because you and Gayle are regulars there, right? and post under various and assorted assumed names, right?

  • Bruno:

    Those black people choose to abuse drugs because they are hedonistic animals! Your words not mine, however what are the reasons they tend to abuse drugs more than whites? Also to be more PC maybe we should replace “animals” with “underachiever’s”.

  • gayle_woods, August 13, 2014 10:13PM

    "steve_fry

    Then you shouldn't worry about how I feel about muslims."

    Yeah, s_f, why should any dignified white person worry about how the way other white bigots exhibit their fear, ignorance and resentment towards minorities?  All white people know that isolationism is a good thing, right?  And besides, the benefits of racism to white people trump the nebulous side effects, so why should white people "worry", or for that matter, even care?  

    White people know that they earned and deserve their many accomplishments because of their superior intelligence and the so-called "white privilege" just is not real.  It is only something that those people point to because they are racially inferior, right?  Could it be that our country doesn’t represent the values that it claims as a foundation – fairness, justice, equality of opportunity?  Naw!  That is just liberal BS!  White people can be proud of our country...because racism no longer exists!  Those black people choose to abuse drugs because they are hedonistic animals!

    But the reality is that what goes around, comes around. We all live in the same country/society.  The social ills that our actions and/or inactions are actively maintaining the ghettos and the poverty and some day all of this is going to come around and bite us in the @$$. It’s easy to maintain the illusion that these are “those people's problems” in the all-white enclave, but social ills like increased crime and abusive and untrustworthy law enforcement (as is on display in the St. Louis 'burb of Ferguson), and the economic/social marginalization and geographic isolation of a huge chunk of our population WILL affect white people’s standard of living too. How can having such a huge number of Americans (predominantly young, black, male Americans) in prison not have an effect on American society as a whole? 

  • This has nothing to do with how the racist formerly known as gayle_woods says he feels about muslims.  But I gotta think that any black man who is bald and has a beard is gonna look like a muslim to the the racist formerly known as gayle_woods.

    It does have to do with yet another minority biting the dust with a felonious marijuana indictment...like he didn't have enough strikes against him already. Who will be the last person to go to prison and have their life destroyed for no good reasons in this senseless war on some drugs?

  • steve_fry

    Then you shouldn't worry about how I feel about muslims.

  • Sorry, g_w, I'm about as cracker of a honky as you can get.

  • What's wrong are you all Muslims and don't like that look either?

  • gayle_woods, August 13, 2014 1:10PM

    "I'm not judging, just making an observation. I don't like the Muslim look he has gong on."

    What are you doing posting under gayle_woods name?  The REAL g_w was sensibile and reasonable...it is like capitalcitizen has taken over g_w's moniker and is trying to make him look bad.  What have have you done with the REAL gayle_woods?

  • Really, g_w! Profile much? Now, just imagine what kind of person others think YOU are, just from that one offhand sentence. :o\

  • gayle_woods - really?  "the Muslim look?"  No wonder you are no longer at the FCSO.  To work in law enforcement, you need to leave behind your bigotries.

  • Come on guys; don't you know an Isaac Hayes fan when you see one?  :-)

  • What is the "Muslim look"?

  • So now every man with a beard is rocking a "Muslim look"?  Get out of town with that.  I've seen some absolutely ridiculous things be posted in these comments, but that takes the cake.  If you're making a joke, it's not funny. 

  • I'm not judging, just making an observation. I don't like the Muslim look he has gong on.