Biggest bust in Ky. city’s history nets $243K worth of meth


ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) - Two people were arrested Monday in a drug bust that turned up nearly $243,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine, one of the biggest busts in the history of the northeastern Kentucky city, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Officers responded just after midnight to an animal complaint along Gallaher Drive. A woman said a pit bull was attacking her cat.

A man resisted arrest after officers spotted drugs near the front of the home. Investigators found 2.68 pounds of crystal meth, a small amount of marijuana, a naloxone tablet, $4,300 in cash, scales and baggies.

An Ashland police officer suffered abrasions during the assault.

Franklin Kenneth Certain Jr., 36, of Ashland, is charged with a failure to appear warrant (traffic charges), first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, third-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and third-degree assault police officer

Rikki Dawn Wurts, 23, of Ashland, is charged with being a fugitive from justice in Lawrence County, Ohio, first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, and possession of marijuana.

“To get this significant amount off the street and out of the hands of individuals using it to poison our community is fantastic,” said Ashland Police Department Chief Todd Kelley. “This is a significant impact to someone and some people who are supplying our community.”

During the investigation, officers also seized a Cadillac Escalade. More charges are expected.

Kelley said the size of this arrest takes a significant dealer off the street.

“This is more than just our normal street level narcotics dealer,” he said. “This is an individual that is supplying to street-level dealers.”

The suspects have only lived in the neighborhood for about three months, according to a neighbor who made the initial call to police. She said she had to call police again after a retaliation threat.

Both suspects were taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.


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