By Greg Bird
Sheriff Randy Waters reports five individuals were arrested on drug trafficking charges after executing a search warrant in Stearns Monday night.
Sheriff Waters stated officers had gone to the Lower Shirt Factory Road residence in an attempt to locate a subject with an outstanding warrant.
The individual was not found at the home, but they did discover a male subject laying on a bed with a syringe next to him. After reciving consent to search the individual, officers found a small can containing baggies of what appeared to be about 2 grams of methamphetamine.
After the discovery officers secured the location until a search warrant could be obtained. Once officers made re-entry they found a handgun with the serial number filed off, several types of various pills, scales and baggies.
Arrested were: Plass Robinson, 28, of Stearns, Amelia Lynn Nicole Cordell, 18, of Whitley City, Ashlyn Nicole Souleyrette, 19, of Pine Knot, Ann Marie Stockton, 20, of Strunk, and Justin Eldridge, 28, of Stearns.
Robinson and Cordell were charged with possession of a defaced firearm, receiving stolen property (firearm), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance first degree, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, and trafficking in a controlled substance first degree (second or greater offense). Robinson also faces carrying a concealed weapon charge.
Souleyrett, Stockton and Eldridge were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree (second or greater offense), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eldridge also was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
All five were lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.
Assisting at the scene were Deputies Alex Jones, Milford Creekmore, Cody Stephens and KSP Trooper Harrison Wells.