Drugs, Money, Guns Seized in Execution of Search Warrant


An execution of a search warrant last week revealed a quantity of drugs, several guns, and a large sum of money. The investigation is continuing and arrests are expected to be made, as the case will be presented to the Grand Jury.

The execution of a search warrant last week by the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office turned up a quantity of drugs, a large quantity of cash, and several guns in what is believed to be a major illegal drug operation.
On October 18, the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office conducted a narcotics distribution-related search warrant at a residence on Charles Price Road in Jamestown, which netted illegal drugs, over a quarter million dollars in cash from the residence and safety deposit boxes, several guns, including one gun identified as stolen, and the seizure of three late-model vehicles.
Since the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Tony Choate stated that other details will be forthcoming, and that charges are pending and the case will be presented to the Fentress County Grand Jury in the near future.
ArrestTwo other cases last week resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of a quantity of drugs.
On Monday, October 14, officers responded to a call to 120 Ben Pennycuff Lane off Highway 127 North to answer a call from a 15-year-old girl who told the dispatcher that she was “in danger.”
Upon arrival the officers found the young lady very distraught and crying, who told the officers that her mother had taken medicine that she had filled on Friday, October 11, and  had been “on a rampage,” claiming that someone had stolen her medications, which was scaring the 15-year-old and her 9-year-old sister.
Shortly after officers arrived, L.D. Pennycuff, 63, owner of the property, arrived and gave written consent for the officers to search the residence.
The search revealed five syringes, an empty bottle which had been filled on Friday for Oxycodone, and a Xanax bottle which had also been filled on Friday, Octover 11 which contained 5 full tablets and 15-20 pieces of tablets.  The Oxycodone bottle had originally contained 90 tablets and the Xanax bottle had contained 120 tablets.  There were also Schedule II and Schedule IV pills found in small baggies consistent with packaging for resale.  These baggies were found in the bathroom and in the bedroom shared by L.D. Pennycuff and Ruthie J. Shoemake.
During a search of L.D. Pennycuff prior to his arrest, one Schedule II pill was found in his pocket, which was consistent with the pills which Ms. Shoemake said were stolen from her, after which Mr. Pennycuff was charged with Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance Packaged for Resale, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance Packaged for Resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment.

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