SIDNEY – Two Kentucky men arrested on Valentine’s Day during a traffic stop along Imterstate 75 after allegedly being found with illegal narcotics have been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury.
The men were among 14 people indicted on Thursday, Feb. 20. They will be arraigned on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
The driver Timothy W. Massey, 27, and passenger Kordell L. Travis, 26, both of Louisville, Kentucky, were each indicted for aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony and possessing criminal tools.
According to published reports, authorities seized 60 grams of marijuana and 1,000 MDMA pills, also known as Ecstasy, valued at $16,360 were seized during the traffic stop.
The drugs were discovered at 10:49 a.m. that day after troopers pulled over a 2015 Jeep Cherokee for speeding at mile marker 93 on I-75 south. Reportedly, the driver and his passenger were asked to exit the vehicle after the responding trooper smelled marijuana coming from the Jeep. During the probable cause search of the vehicle, a bag of marijuana was found in the front next to the passenger seat. The MDMA was discovered in a grocery bag on the back seat.
The indictment calls for the pair to be ruled a major drug dealers by the court.
They are both being held at the Shelby County Jail, each on a $22,591 cash only bond.
Andrew Turner, 37, 8344 Lochard Road, was charged with five counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, three third-degree felonies, a second-degree felony and a fourth-degree felony. He was also charged with two counts of possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
The charges allege Turner was involved in drug activity with Methamphetamine, cocaine and Fentanyl during October and February.
Valorie K. Bentley, 37, Christiansburg, Virginia, was indicted for carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.
According to online court records, Bentley was arrested Feb. 11 with a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, Methamphetamine and heroin.
Mason Thomas Cowans, 27, Jackson, Tennessee, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, and possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
He was arrested Feb. 5 allegedly in possession of Methamphetamine and marijuana.
Devin Johnson, 33, 303 Doering St., is facing two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, both fourth-degree felonies. He was arrested Feb. 16 allegedly driving under the influence.
The dual charges are based on three previous convictions with a 10-year and 20-year periods of time.
Other indictments include:
• Kayla Hammons, 28, at large, tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Bryan Sims, 52, 823 Lori Court, possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Kayla Wagner, 19, 212 Pike St., possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Karin M. Barga, 45, 333 S. Miami Ave., counterfeiting, a fourth-degree felony.
• Ryan R. Hunt, 25, 936 Buckeye Ave., grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
• Brian G. Mader, 36, Bradford, receiving stolen property and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Tyrus L. Baker, 29, Carysville, Tennessee, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Layla Danielle Bingham, 25, 504 S. Miami Ave., theft, a fifth-degree felony and misuse of a credit card, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.