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ACSO: Investigation leads to multiple drug arrests

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at approximately 9pmCT, Adair County Sheriff's Office Deputies Tracy McCarol and Kenny Perkins, along with Trooper Jake Harper, arrived at a residence off of Rolling Hills, 7 miles north of Columbia. They were joined by Sheriff Josh Brockman on scene.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office had received multiple complaints and tips of possible drug trafficking in the area, and had initiated an investigation into the complaints. Deputies established probable cause that there were narcotics on the property, and after further investigation, a search was granted on the property.

Located during the search was a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana. Over a pound of the substances was seized, and it will be sent to KY State Police Crime Lab for positive ID. The street value of the drugs could be as much as $30,000, depending on how it is packaged.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office arrested 3 individuals for drug trafficking.


Alex Howard, 42, of Columbia, was arrested on charges of:
  • 1- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine
  • 2- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree heroin
  • 3- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree fentanyl
  • 4- Possession of marijuana
  • 5- Possession drug paraphernalia
  • 6- Endangering welfare of minor
  • 7- Outstanding warrant of indictment from Metcalfe County
Ronald Hayden, 42, of Columbia, was arrested on charges of:
  • 1- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine
  • 2- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree heroin
  • 3- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree fentanyl
  • 4- Possession of marijuana
  • 5- Possession drug paraphernalia
  • 6- Endangering welfare of minor
Cherish Gilbert, 32, of Campbellsville, was arrested on charges of:
  • 1- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine
  • 2- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree heroin
  • 3- Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree fentanyl
  • 4- Possession of marijuana
  • 5- Possession drug paraphernalia
  • 6- Endangering welfare of minor
  • 7- Outstanding warrant of arrest out Jefferson County
  • 8- Outstanding warrant of arrest Taylor County
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation.


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ACSO: Drugs seized during Wednesday search



2021-12-30 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Adair County Sheriff's Office.
The Adair County Sheriff's Office seized over a pound of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana during a search at a residence off of Rolling Hills. The street value of the drugs could be as much as $30,000.

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