A man and a woman were arrested on August 19th, 2019 in Ballard County, Kentucky after a traffic stop. Authorities from Cape Girardeau reported that the man, Antonio Johnson, and the woman, Kenitta Pittman were traveling at high speed. It isn’t known if they have hired a lawyer yet.
Both Johnson and Pittman belong to the Cape Girardeau area. Their vehicle was approached by authorities paroling over Highway 286.
While approaching the vehicle, officials stated they smelled marijuana. Both Johnson and Pittman told the officials they could freely search the vehicle.
Upon inspection, deputies at the scene found an unloaded 380 calibre handgun and $4,792 cash within a case. The firearm was unregistered, making it a Class C felony considering Johnson’s criminal history.
Johnson, an ex-convict, was consequently arrested for speeding 15 over the limit, failing to turn on his headlights, and possessing a firearm. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, when it is a handgun, is a Class C felony and punishable by five to ten years in prison and a fine between $1000-$10,000 in the state of Kentucky.
Upon searching her person while placing her under arrest, officials found that Pittman was hiding marijuana under her clothes. Pittman was then charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and drug paraphernalia. She is currently being detained at the Ballard County Detention Center.
Unlike possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Kentucky. Pittman, if found guilty, faces up to one year of jail time as well as a $500 fine. Her charge of possession may also result in a $250 fine and an additional 45 days in prison.
Along with the handgun and the money, the officials also confiscated three cellphones. The vehicle was also impounded as evidence of the crime. Officials suspect all items are evidence of illicit drug dealing and use, although there is no indication that police found amounts of drugs that normally indicate drug sales. It is not known where the arrested parties say they got the cash.
Only a few days before this event, there was another arrest relating to drug paraphernalia. Another man and woman were caught and arrested for drug paraphernalia in Ballard County as they were leaving a home.
James Ratliff and Destiny Carter were arrested by officials on August 12th, 2019. Ratcliff was arrested for possessing methamphetamine and other narcotics on his person.
Ratcliff attempted to conceal the drugs and resist arrest, but he was caught by officials after a short chase. Therefore, he was also charged with resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, and possession of controlled substances.
Carter, aged 25, already had a warrant for her arrest in McCracken County. Her charges include failure to appear on a warrant. She and Ratcliff were seen leaving LaCenter on East 2nd Street.
If you or anyone you know is involved in drug paraphernalia (possession or dealing) or if you’ve been accused of drug paraphernalia (possession or dealing), you should hire a lawyer. Contact us today to take the first step towards the best possible legal outcome for you.