Less than a week after what may be the largest seizure of packaged marijuana in Henry County, Metro Crime Unit officers found a record amount of a potent type of methamphetamine during the search of a Paris home Thursday morning.
Metro officers arrested James S. Lane, 28, and Jessica M. Kinley, 30, during a search of their home at 1316 McFadden St. shortly after 10 a.m.
Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Conducting the search were members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris and Henry police departments.
Officers taking part in the search included Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson and Henry Chief David Andrews, as well as K-9 officer Kenzie, handled by Paris Police Sgt. Michael Ramos.
After the dog detected drugs in several areas, officers found about a half-pound of marijuana, and nearly 6 grams of the concentrated methamphetamine known as ice.
“It’s a purer form of methamphetamine, with a higher potency,” Myrick said.
“I don’t know anybody that makes it locally.”
Both forms of illegal street drugs were packaged for resale.
Officers also found a sawed-off shotgun, as well as drug paraphernalia including digital scales, plastic bags and other items.
Two young children present when the search was started were released to a family member.
The investigation is ongoing, with more charges pending.
It’s the second large-scale drug arrest in Henry County in less than a week.
On March 21, Metro Crime Unit officers made three arrests and seized nearly 40 pounds of packaged marijuana after a Texas distributor attempted to mail it to a home in Henry.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the unit was changing the bar with the two arrests.
“If you’re dealing drugs in Henry County and you don’t know the Metro Crime Unit, you will know them,” Belew said.
“It’s not if — it’s when.”
Bond for Lane and Kinley was set at $25,000 each. Both are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.
The same officers also arrested a Henry County woman at her home Thursday afternoon on four counts of felony forgery.
Kim Armas, 43, of 4115 Highway 69A east of Paris was arrested by Paris Sgt. Ricky Watson, along with Myrick and Andrews.
Watson said this morning that Armas was arrested after she allegedly forged four prescriptions.
The investigation is ongoing, with additional charges pending.
Armas’ bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear April 22 in General Sessions Court.