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Lost cell phone leads deputies to 18-pound pot bust

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

FRANKLIN CO, Ky. (WKYT) - In the fight against drugs in Franklin County, Sheriff Pat Melton just wants the win.

"Sometimes I prefer just to be lucky than good, and this was one of those cases," he chuckled, and this case definitely falls under that description.

It all started when a lost phone was found on Thursday and left on the hood of a School Resource Deputy's cruiser.

"A lost cell phone was placed on a deputy's car with a note on it that said, 'Found this,' and it had the location where they found it," described Melton.

The deputy turned the phone on to see if he could find the owner. Sure enough the owner was on the wallpaper photo of the phone's screen, plus a lot more than that.

"On the cover picture of the phone was an individual with what appeared to be 20- or 25-pounds of marijuana," said Melton. "He must have been proud."

The deputy turned the phone over to a patrol deputy to track down the owner, and with a head start like that it didn't take long. On Friday, deputies found Tyler Sanderson, 23, at his home on Mt. Zion Road. After getting consent to search from the residence owner, deputies then found Sanderson's stash, all 18-pounds of it.

"Yeah. That's a lot of marijuana to seize on one hit," stated Melton, "For this deputy, that actually worked the case, this is the largest marijuana arrest he's ever had in his career."

The cell phone was found at the intersection of Bondurant Drive and Westwood Drive, right behind Western Hills High School and other school campuses, which only raised the suspicions of investigators.

"I think it was happenstance," stated the Sheriff, before adding he also thinks Sanderson was likely in the area to meet some kids.

With this bust, a dealer is off the streets and so is a large amount of marijuana.

"The good guys did well today," concluded Melton.

Sanderson was charged with trafficking marijuana, and the Sheriff said more arrests may likely follow in this case.


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