Two accused of manufacturing, trafficking synthetic marijuana


Pictured: Penny Babbs, Darrin Shelton / Courtesy: Muhlenberg County Jail

GRAHAM, Ky. (WEHT) – Authorities in western Kentucky arrested two people on drug trafficking charges Wednesday.

The Madisonville/Hopkins County Vice/Narcotics Unit said authorities have been investigating a large-scale drug trafficking operation involving the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Darrin Shelton, 41, and Penny Babbs, 42, face charges of trafficking in synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Babbs also faces charges of marijuana possession and a warrant for a parole violation.

Authorities said confidential sources were used to purchase large amounts of synthetic marijuana from Shelton and Babbs.

During a search warrant on Wednesday, authorities said they found approximately 15 pounds of synthetic marijuana.

Authorities also said they found digital scales, packaging material, US currency, a small amount of marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Detectives said they seized chemicals and equipment used to manufacture the drugs, and that those chemicals were imported into the United States.

Shelton has prior convictions for trafficking synthetic drugs.

Both were transported to the Muhlenberg County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

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This story was originally published on July 25, 2019

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