According to a news release from the Paintsville Police Dept. on the morning of Monday, April 9, 2018 Captain Jonathan Holbrook received information about heavy “traffic” going in and out of an apartment located on 6th Street in Paintsville. Captain Holbrook along with Officer Zach Stapleton and Johnson Co. Sheriff Deputy Jerry Wiley responded to this location and went to the apartment in question, which was Apt. 719. The Officers did what was called a “knock and talk” where Police will knock on the door and request to speak with the individual who owns or in this case rents the residence. The renter gave the Officers permission to search the residence and during the search they (Officers) found 10 syringes, some hidden and some uncapped and a few of the syringes had a white liquid, believed to be methamphetamine and others had blood inside. Officers also found a bag with a crystal substance inside, believed to be methamphetamine.
A total of 6 people were found at this location and all have been charged with the following.
* Poss. Of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offence (Methamphetamine)
* Controlled Substance Endangerment to Child 4th Degree
* Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-Police Officer
* Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess
Officers found 2 kids at the residence, a 6 year old and a 2 year old. Social services were called to the residence and the children were placed into a safe environment. Arrested at the scene was:
* Ian Toth, 31 of Paintsville
* Kelsey Caldwell, 25 of Lowmansville
* Johnathan Fairchild, 33 of Paintsville
* Ricky Tackett, 51 of Sitka
* Joanna Desanzo, 20 of Paintsville
* Christy Fannin, 48 of Paintsville
Joanna Desanzo was additionally charged with giving Officers False Identifying Information and Theft of Identity of Another w/o Consent. All 6 where lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Captain Johnathan Holbrook is the lead investigator in this case.