Four arrested in connection to ongoing synthetic drug trafficking ring in Hopkins Co.


Courtesy: Hopkins County Jail

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Four people have been arrested in connection with an ongoing synthetic drug trafficking ring in Hopkins County.

29-year-old Andrea Browning is charged with trafficking synthetic drugs, receiving stolen property (firearm), and possession of a controlled substance.

29-year-old Justin Goode is charged with two counts of trafficking in synthetic drugs and engaging in organized crime.

Courtesy: Muhlenberg County Jail

41-year-old Darrin Shelton and 42-year-old Penny Babbs is charged with engaging in organized crime.

Courtesy: Muhlenberg County Jail

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations and Madisonville-Hopkins County Vice/Narcotics have been investigating a large-scale drug trafficking ring involving synthetic cannabinoids since the spring.

Their primary suspects were James Gibson and Josh Betar, whom they arrested last week, along with two other people.

Browning was arrested at her home on Valley Drive in Madisonville.

Goode was arrested at his home on East Walnut Street in Madisonville.

Detectives used sources to buy synthetic cannabinoids from Goode at his home. Detectives say they seized additional synthetic cannabinoids from Goode once they arrested him.

Detectives found Shelton in Greenville and arrested him. Shelton and Babbs were arrested in July in Muhlenberg County for trafficking in synthetic drugs.

Goode and Browning are being held in the Hopkins County Jail.

Shelton and Babbs are currently being held in the Muhlenberg County Jail.

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(This story was originally published on September 23, 2019)

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