Richmond police arrested two teenagers Saturday on drug trafficking charges after officers noticed them trying to get into a vehicle while they were highly intoxicated in a motel parking lot on Eastern Bypass.
When officers went to speak with Aieshannette Luyando, 18, and Shelbie Staton, 19, both of Nicholasville, Luyando opened the car door, and officers could smell marijuana, according to a citation.
Officers searched the car and found a mason jar with about 1 ounce of marijuana, two marijuana roaches, a baggie of about 5.3 grams of cocaine, about 2.45 grams of heroin and 116.5 dosage units of Xanax. They also found $378 in cash, a digital scale with residue, and an open bottle of cognac, the citation states.
Police also searched Luyando and found five more dosage units of Xanax and $85 in cash. Officers searched Staton and found one Xanax bar, the citation states.
Both Luyando and Staton were taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where they remained Monday afternoon, according to online jail records. They both are charged with controlled substance trafficking (heroin), first-degree controlled substance trafficking (4 grams or more of cocaine), third-degree controlled substance trafficking (20 or more, but less than 120 dosage units of an unspecified drug), marijuana trafficking (less than 8 ounces), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, public intoxication by a controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and person 18-20 possessing/purchasing/attempted purchasing/having another purchasing alcohol.
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Richmond police arrested Katrin Ellington, 48, Cimarron Road, Richmond, for tampering with physical evidence, first-degree controlled substance trafficking (4 grams or more of cocaine), controlled substance trafficking (heroin), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, failure to illuminate headlamps and operating on a suspended or revoked license after officers pulled her over Monday because she was driving without having her headlamps on.
Officers then learned Ellington had a suspended license, and asked her to exit the vehicle, according to a citation. Officers asked if they could search her, and she said no. She then tried to get back into the driver's seat of the vehicle, which was still running.
Police had to physically pull Ellington away from the vehicle, and she tried to pull something out of her pants pocket, the citation states. She was able to get the item out of her pocket and tried to put it in her mouth while officers and Ellington were on the ground. The item was later found to be a baggie containing about 27.8 grams of suspected cocaine.
A police dog was called to the scene and indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle, the citation states. Officers searched it and found a baggie with suspected heroin.
Ellington told police she uses the cocaine and sells the heroin, which she cuts with inositol powder, the citation states. She said she had been selling drugs for 6-8 months, but had been using for a long time.
Ellington said most of her customers pay cash, and officers seized $147 from her purse, according to the citation. Ellington was taken to the MCDC, where she remained Monday afternoon, according to online jail records.
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The following were also arrested recently:
• Marcus Ray, 52, Evansdale Avenue, Richmond, rear license not illuminated, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), marijuana possession, third-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravating circumstances), prescription controlled substance not properly contained, failure to produce insurance card and no registration receipt.
• Gregory Powell, 51, South Collins Street, first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence and marijuana possession.
• Raymond Crutcher, 31, Bonanza Drive, marijuana possession, first-degree controlled substance possession (cocaine) and tampering with physical evidence.
• Franklin Sizemore, 42, Battlefield Memorial Highway, Berea, second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified) and theft (receipt of stolen credit/debit card).
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