A man and woman in Calhoun are facing multiple drug-related charges this week after McLean County sheriff’s deputies say they uncovered meth at a home.
Phillip Wayne Cameron, 37, and Rebecca Louise Price, 23, both of Calhoun, have been booked in the Daviess County Detention Center on the drug charges.
Deputies executed a search warrant at 6594 Kentucky 250 northeast of Calhoun in the late afternoon on Dec. 10 as part of an investigation into multiple thefts and burglaries that have been ongoing in the eastern part of the county over the last three months.
Sheriff Ken Frizzell said his office has been investigating several reports of items missing from churches, houses, outbuildings and cars. In some cases, he said, doors were unlocked or unsecured. In other cases, however, the suspects had forced their way in.
The Oak Grove Methodist Church had been burglarized, but no items appeared to be missing, he said. The Community Church in Calhoun, however, was missing $1,000 in music equipment, he said.
Detective Fred Coomes said the department’s investigation, relying heavily on community tips, began pointing toward the Kentucky 250 residence northeast of Calhoun.
Initially, he said, there was no reason to believe that the thefts and burglaries in the county were connected, but as the investigation narrowed, a small group of persons of interest began to form.
In the residence in which both Cameron and Price reportedly live, deputies reported finding a large stockpile of the stolen items from the various theft investigations in the county, along with more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, bags, scales, cutting agents and a large amount of cash. Deputies say they also found meth pipes.
Deputies say they determined that Cameron and Price could be working together to traffic the meth. Neither were legally employed, according to reports.
While deputies searched the home, Cameron allegedly tried to flee but was caught. In a nearby outbuilding, a .357-caliber handgun was found that deputies say belonged to Cameron.
Cameron is a convicted felon out of Muhlenberg County for drug trafficking and theft of a handgun, among other offenses.
On Dec. 10, Cameron was charged with first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance (2 grams of meth or more), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second degree fleeing or evading police (on foot). He was lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center on a $20,000 full-cash bond.
Price was arrested several hours later on charges of first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance (2 grams of meth or more) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also lodged in the Daviess County Detention Centeron a $5,000 full-cash bond.
The $1,000 worth of music equipment stolen from the Calhoun Community Church was among the items discovered in the Dec. 10 search. Those items will be returned to the church in the coming days, deputies say.
Two other individuals were also present in the home at the time of the arrests. One was charged with a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. The other was not charged with any crime.
By press time earlier this week, Coomes said he had not added any theft-related charges. Those charges may be forthcoming, as the investigation continues, he said.
Frizzell said the office is anticipating further arrests this week in connection to the theft and burglary investigations. There is reason to believe that any remaining individuals could be armed as well, as one home that was burglarized is missing 12 guns, only one of which was recovered among the stockpile of alleged stolen items at the home in Calhoun.
The arrests already made in this case, Frizzell said, are largely due to members of the community who took it upon themselves to report tips or suspicious activity.
“This represents an important partnership between the sheriff’s office and the community,” he said. “It should continue.”
Coomes and Frizzell cautioned the public to remain vigilant and to continue locking windows and doors. Persons of interest in connection to the recent thefts and burglaries are still at large. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the McLean County Sheriff’s Office at 270-273-3551.