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Investigation nets large drug bust. Large quantity of opiate pills, pounds of pot and lots of cash seized

By Eugenia Jones

An ongoing investigation over the past three years led to the arrest yesterday (April 20, 2022) of a McCreary County man and the seizure of a huge amount of cash and drugs.  Two pistols and two rifles were also confiscated.

McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reports that fifty-six year old James Murphy was arrested without incident after a search warrant was served at a residence on East Kidd School Road off of the 3-C Road. 

Upon knocking on the door of the residence, Sheriff Waters said the male subject told them to enter.  After searching the residence, law enforcement located approximately sixty pounds of marijuana, significant amounts of oxycontin and oxycodone, a large amount of cash, and firearms.

The marijuana was vacuum sealed in bags and was found on the bedroom floor.   The cash was also located in a vacuum sealed bag.

Murphy was charged with (1) Trafficking in Marijuana >than 5 lbs. (enhancement)  (2)  Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon (enhancement)  (3)  Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon (enhancement)  (4)  Trafficking in Controlled Substance First Degree > or = 10 D.U. Opiates (enhancement.)

Sheriff Waters noted the ongoing investigation involved several agencies.

“This has been an ongoing investigation over the past three years,” Sheriff Waters stated.  “It has been conducted with the help of the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force, Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Kentucky State Police, and the McCreary County Sheriff and Deputies.”

Murphy was transported and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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