An extensive drug trafficking investigation involving Highland County and four other counties resulted in the seizure of $400,000 worth of drugs and nearly $300,000 in cash.
Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera said that two detectives from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office who are also a part of the US 23 Crime Task Force were a part of the investigation from its inception, and were involved in the efforts on Dec. 13 that led to the arrest of four individuals and the removal of “a substantial amount of drugs and contraband off the streets,” the sheriff said.
Last Tuesday, investigators from the Highland, Clinton, Fayette Clark, and Ross county sheriff’s offices served narcotic search warrants at two residences inside the Brookside Mobile Home Park in Clark County. Investigators recovered approximately five kilos of methamphetamine, two kilos of cocaine, 25 pounds of marijuana, and several different types of narcotic pills, all totaling for a street value of approximately $400,000.
According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, an additional $282,618 in cash and several personal assets “acquired from ill-gotten gains were recovered from inside the residences.”
As a result of the months-long investigation and the search warrants, four individuals were charged and appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Wednesday morning, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
William L. Ferrell, 50, is charged with four counts of trafficking in drugs and four counts of possession of drugs and having weapons under disability. His bond was set at $1 million.
Kaira K. Kintz, 33, is charged with four counts of trafficking drugs and four counts of possession of drugs and having weapons under disability. Her bond was also set at $1 million, according to the News-Sun.
Chelsea L. Lane and Jessica R. Duncan were charged with possession of drugs. Their bonds were set at $100,000 each.
“This is what happens when law enforcement gets together,” Lt. Chris Clark from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the News-Sun report. “We get stuff done.”
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said this is an ongoing investigation that began in August. He said it was a cooperative effort between the sheriff’s offices, the Clark County Vice and Organized Crime Task Force, and the US 23 Crime Task Force.
“These types of investigations don’t operate in a vacuum,” said Stanforth. “An operation of this magnitude requires a much broader approach and this was a great cooperative effort that allowed us to tap into a lot of resources. It was a very significant operation and it’s still ongoing.”