McCracken Man, Louisiana Woman Face Meth Charges
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah man with a long criminal history is behind bars again after his arrest on drug trafficking charges Wednesday.
The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says detectives started an investigation after getting information that 33-year-old James E. Bradley was selling methamphetamine. During the investigation, deputies say detectives were able to buy meth from Bradley, and got a search warrant for his home on Clarks River Road. Detectives found meth, along with several hundred dollars believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
Bradley is charged with three counts of trafficking in meth. Deputies say Bradley has an extensive criminal record, including felony assault, burglary, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and other convictions. In addition, Bradley was on felony parole after being released from prison in April at the time of his arrest.
Deputies say while officers were examining Bradley's cell phone, several people called and texted trying to buy drugs. Detectives texted one woman, 44-year-old Amanda L. Johnson from Oakdale, Louisiana, and agreed to sell her meth at her alleged request.
An undercover detective met with Johnson, sold her meth, and she was arrested. A search turned up doses of Hydrocodone, Valium, syringes, and meth. Investigators say they learned Johnson was buying the meth to resell it, and she now faces charges of meth trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Bradley and Johnson were lodged in the McCracken County Jail.
The McCracken County Sheriff's Drug Division was assisted by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.