DCSO: Packages with meth, fentanyl pills lead to trafficking arrest 

May 22, 2024 | 12:08 am

Updated May 22, 2024 | 12:09 am

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An Owensboro man is facing multiple charges after packages containing meth and fentanyl pills were intercepted in the mail, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a release, DCSO was assisted on Monday by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Kentucky State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations in conducting a parcel interdiction operation at a U.S. post office in Owensboro. 

Prior to the operation, a package addressed to Brodie Cordell Payne, 28, of Owensboro, was alerted on by a DCSO K-9 while it was being processed for delivery, according to a release. 

“The alerting K-9 indicated the presence of illegal narcotics were suspected to be in the package and a search warrant was secured from the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office. Inside the package detectives located approximately (half a pound) of crystalline methamphetamine,” the release says.

According to DCSO, a controlled delivery operation was put in place and detectives waited for Payne to retrieve the package. At approximately 1 p.m., Payne arrived and was taken into custody without incident. 

“Three additional packages intended for Payne were at the post office as well and contained approximately 340 grams of counterfeit Xanax pills containing fentanyl, and a large quantity of Mannitol (ultra-pure powder) which is commonly used as a ‘cutting’ agent in various drugs to increase drug weights and profits from illicit drug sales,” the release says. “All items located are indicative of an ongoing drug trafficking operation and were seized and logged into evidence at DCSO.” 

Payne was arrested and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Trafficking Controlled Substance, 1st Degree — 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Aggravated Trafficking Controlled Substance greater than or equal to 28 grams Fentanyl
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess
  • Flagrant Non-Support (Warrant)

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges, including federal charges, are expected.  

“The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office continues to make significant strides in our ongoing commitment to public safety in Daviess County by targeting drug trafficking organizations within our community,” DCSO said in the release. “We are grateful for our partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and plan to continue leveraging assets and resources that benefit the citizens of Daviess County.”

May 22, 2024 | 12:08 am

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