James Brown

James Brown

Local law enforcement's "Operation SheepDog" initiative, which saw numerous local agencies target known drug and crime areas in Big Clifty on Wednesday, June 6, led to the arrests of at least seven individuals and the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in the area this week.

On Wednesday, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Deputies and Detectives, and Troopers with the Kentucky State Police converged on Big Clifty in Grayson County in an effort to target known drug and crime areas in the vicinity.

According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, there were approximately eight deputies and three troopers in the area for several hours.

During the operation, coined “Operation SheepDog,” deputies and troopers wrote approximately 30 traffic citations and arrested a convicted felon on an indictment warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Chaffins said.

Also, on this day, deputies charged and arrested one man, 38-year-old Jeffrey D. Dailey, from Glendale, for Possession of Methamphetamine in the parking lot of a Big Clifty business.

Additionally, one person attempted to elude police as he traveled over 100 miles per hour through Big Clifty as a GCSO deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to Chaffins.

A pursuit ensued between the suspect, 53-year-old James Brown, of Eastview, and deputies and troopers, which ended when the suspect was forced to pull over into a driveway near the 800 block of Hardin Springs Road, Chaffins said.

Brown was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs/Etc. .08, 1st Offense; Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree; and Speeding 26 Miles Per Hour or Greater Over the Speed Limit.

All suspects were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

"Operation SheepDog was a huge success," said Chaffins. "This law enforcement event is the first of many that our citizens will see throughout this summer and the rest of 2018. This event will only grow as we will start including other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to target known drug trafficking locations, as well as high crime areas throughout Grayson County. Operation SheepDog is being done in an effort to make drug dealers feel as uncomfortable as possible dealing here in Grayson County at the same time making our citizens feel safer living in their respective communities. Operation SheepDog is coming to a community near you!"

Operation SheepDog's effects were not contained to Wednesday only, however.

The next day, on Thursday, June 7, GCSO Chief Deputy Major Jarrod Mudd and Sergeant Clay Boone arrived at a residence on Hardin Springs Road to follow up on a tip given by a citizen on the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive in the system.

Upon arrival, two suspects fled out of the back of the trailer, Chaffins said.

Boone caught the suspects and brought them back to the trailer, and further investigation revealed the presence of multiple marijuana plants, which led to the arrest of 62-year-old Marchmond J. Cottrell, of Big Clifty, according to Chaffins.

Cottrell was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana Over 5 Plants and lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Other deputies arrived to provide assistance due to multiple people being in the residence on Hardin Springs Road, Chaffins said.

Several others were arrested for outstanding warrants for multiple charges, including 42-year-old Brian Keown, of Leitchfield, who was on Grayson County’s 10 Most Wanted list for Failure to Appear on a drug charge.

Keown was lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on a $10,000.00 cash bond.

Also arrested was a wanted fugitive with no bond, Mark Matthew, 61, of Sonora, KY. Matthew was wanted on numerous charges and was listed as being armed and dangerous, but he was arrested without incident, Chaffins said.

37-year-old Bryan Clark, of Big Clifty, was also arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant.

Lastly, 31-year-old Eric C. Hammond, of Big Clifty, was arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant for failure to pay fines.

"One tip led to the arrest of multiple fugitives and the confiscation of 80+ marijuana plants," Chaffins said. “We believe that these arrests were the direct result of Operation SheepDog that was conducted the previous day in the Big Clifty area. We will continue to do operations like this one until no fugitive or drug dealer is comfortable living in Grayson County.”