FBI help take down large drug operation in Owensboro, officials say

FBI help take down large drug operation in Owensboro, officials say
Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 7:12 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) - More than a dozen suspects are being charged in connection to a large drug bust in Owensboro, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the sheriff’s office, K9, patrol units, Kentucky State Police, Homeland Security and the FBI helped execute a search warrant on the 1600 block of West 3rd Street in Owensboro. We’re told authorities found 14 people inside the home.

Those 14 people have been identified as Benjamin Canary, Dana Lanham, Randall Horton, James Maxwell, Phillip Royal, Jill Kirkman, Lawrence Fendel, Megan Gregory, Frankie Polnitz, Johnathan Smyre, Alicia Rodriguez, Kenneth Winters, Destiny McGehee and Thomas Geary.

During the search, deputies say they came across large amounts of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, digital scales, marijuana and a bag of unknown powdery substance.

According to a press release, this investigation began when the sheriff’s office received a tip about suspected drug trafficking at the home.

All 14 suspects were charged for their involvement in the drug trafficking operation and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center.

Officials say the primary resident, Thomas L. Geary, has been charged and is currently under guard at the hospital until being released.