According to police reports, Detective Tidwell had been conducting a narcotics investigation when he discovered the subject in question had active warrants in Kentucky and Ohio.
The subject's vehicle was observed in the parking lot of the Briensburg Church of Christ.
Officers made contact with Edward M. Ibold, 27, of Eddyville and placed him under arrest for the warrants. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of eight grams worth of a substance which tested positive as heroin. Two foils containing an additional two grams were located in plain view in a cup holder along with several packs of Suboxone strips, a prescription drug used to help curb drug addiction, but often abused for its drug content. Digital scales and a loaded 9 mm handgun were located beside the subject in the car.
Further inspection of the weapon indicated the serial numbers had been damaged. Officers recovered $1,450 in cash in Ibold’s possession. He was taken into custody and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.
Tidwell said while some of the river counties, as well as Graves County have reported seeing a resurgence of heroin, this is the first Tidwell has seen in Marshall County during his tenior.
Reports indicate area police departments have received information from informants that Marshall County residents are obtaining the drug out-of-county, however, this is the first heroin arrest in recent times that Tidwell can recall.
Tidwell said the powerful drug is much like methamphetamine, capable of causing addiction after just one use. More importantly, officers note the length to which addicts will go to obtain the drug.
Marshall County Sheriff Byars has stated that nearly 70 to 80 percent of all crime in the county can be directly related to the drug trade, which by all accounts, will only continue to grow.
Heroin can be snorted, smoked, injected and packaged discreetly, often times mimicking the look of an over-the-counter capsule such as Benadryl.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center, there is limited reporting regarding heroin distribution in Kentucky. The Covington, Ashland, Louisville, and Lexington Police Departments report that local independent Caucasian dealers are the primary retail distributors in their jurisdictions.
Mexican criminal groups also distribute heroin at the retail level but to a lesser extent. Young Caucasian males purchase gram quantities of heroin at distribution centers in other states and return to Kentucky to distribute the drug. Heroin usually is sold in larger cities such as Bowling Green, Lexington, and Louisville, however, the drug does appear to be making its way to western Kentucky.