Police Arrest Four on Multiple Drug Charges

Three Hartford sisters Charley Aldridge, 35, Alicia Ralph, 30, and Jessica Westerfield, 40, and a Hawesville, Kentucky, man Jeffrey Melton, 40, has been arrested on drug and other related charges after an investigation by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.

The culprits were arrested at around 6:30 p.m. last night by Ohio County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies and the arrests were made without incident, according to Ohio County Sheriff Tracy Beatty.

Based on information OCSO detectives gained through an investigation, it was easy for the detectives to locate Melton’s inside a home on U.S. 231 in Hartford. Melton was wanted on two outstanding indictment warrants.

Officers were given permission to search the residence after they contacted the home’s residents. Melton was caught stowing away in the home’s crawl space. Officers additionally found a huge amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia inside the home.

All four subjects were charged with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Likewise, Melton was charged with one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, one count of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) and the two indictment warrants was served on him.

The three sisters each got an extra count of second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

Every one of the four subjects was placed in the Ohio County Detention Center.

The OCSO got assistance from the Hartford Police Department and Kentucky State Police amid the execution of the search and the arrests.

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