Task Force takes down more drugs in Franklin


By Chris Cooper - [email protected]



Marijuana plants located at a Franklin residence.


Two Simpson County individuals were charged with numerous drug offenses on Thursday, March 2, 2017, as a search warrant was executed by the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF). Aiding in the case were officers from the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department and Kentucky State Police DE/SI West.

Phillip Brian Dewesse, 46, and Carol Lynn Crockett, 43, of 424 Parkway Drive Street in Franklin were present at the address when law enforcement arrived. During the search, authorities seized marijuana plants, processed marijuana, and various items used in the growing and processing of marijuana. Also present in the residence were two juveniles.

Both Dewesse and Crockett were charged with cultivating marijuana 5 plants 1st offense, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This is the second drug bust in Franklin within the past month for the SCKDTF. On Saturday, Feb. 11 agents of the task force made a major drug bust. Also assisting in that case were officers from the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department, the Franklin Police Department and the Kentucky State Police. A search warrant lead to the seizure of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, and various prescription pills, as well as a stolen handgun, defaced shotgun, digital scales, cash, and other articles used in the trafficking of illegal drugs. All together the drugs were estimated to have the street value of $55,000.

Three individuals in that case were arrested and charged with drug trafficking offenses, paraphernalia, possession, unlawful transaction with a minor, receiving stolen property (firearm), possession of a defaced firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The SCKDTF serves both Logan and Simpson Counties, as well as the cities of Franklin and Russellville. The task force has offices in both counties.

“When we make arrests, it is very possible those illegal elements and drugs are crossing over our neighboring borders as well,” said Jacky Hunt, Director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force. “So when arrests are made, it benefits Logan, Simpson, Franklin and Russellville.”

The multi-jurisdictional drug task force was created in 2004 and is governed by a board made up of two judge executives, two sheriffs, two police chiefs, the Commonwealth Attorney and county attorneys. Each participating county-city provides officers to serve on the force. The task force is funded mostly by federal grants.

Marijuana plants located at a Franklin residence.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_3341.jpgMarijuana plants located at a Franklin residence.

By Chris Cooper

[email protected]

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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