(September 25, 2004)

Major Drug Arrest

On Friday September 24, 2004, Deputy Brian Blankenship went to the 1700 block of Acorn Drive in Franklin to serve an arrest warrant. When he knocked on the door to the home, no one answered, but he could see people scurrying around inside. As he looked through a window, he watched a male run into the restroom of the home and begin throwing items into the toilet. The man then crawled out of the restroom and defied orders to come to the door. Moments later, a woman came to the door and identified herself as the homeowner: a 45-year old white female of Franklin. As Deputy Blankenship spoke with the suspect, two males fled out the back door to the residence. Multiple officers from the Franklin Police Department responded to the area to search for the suspects. Sgt. Eric Cox and Deputy Brian Blankenship stayed with the homeowner and continued the investigation.

Deputy Blankenship searched the home and found a plateful of cocaine sitting in front of the toilet on the floor where one of the male suspects was sitting. Deputy Kerry Hamilton and his canine partner Robbie assisted with the search of the home and property. Inside the freezer in the kitchen was three bags of marijuana. In the trunk of a car parked in the garage, Deputies located an electronic scale, two large bags of marijuana, and three pill bottles with various assorted pills packaged for sale.

In total, Sheriff's Deputies located 2.5 pounds of marijuana, and more than an ounce of cocaine. The homeowner was charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 30 grams (Class D Felony), Possession of Cocaine Over 3 grams (Class C Felony), Dealing in Schedule 3 Controlled Substance (Class C Felony), Dealing in Schedule 4 Controlled Substance (Class C Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D Felony), and Possession of a Legend Drug (Class D Felony). She was held in the Johnson County Jail on $69,000 bond. This case is still under investigation and more arrests will be made in the future.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank all Franklin Police Officers who assisted in this case: Sgt. Jones, Officer Hoeing, Officer Summers, and Officer Harke. A job well done to the Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies who assisted Deputy Blankenship: Sgt. Eric Cox, Deputy Kerry Hamilton and his canine partner Robbie, Deputy Andy Fisher, and Reserve Deputy James Neal.

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