A standard security check at a local church last month resulted in arrests and multiple drug charges for two Bradford citizens, Kyle Epperson, 42, and Shelli M. Grady, 44.
According to a report filed by Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Glen Dugan, the pair were found parked at the Church of Christ on Jackson County Road 7 at approximately 12:10 a.m. the morning of April 27. As the officer approached, the pair attempted to leave the scene in one of their vehicles. Dugan was able to make contact with the couple and attempted to determine their purpose for being in the church parking lot with no events being held that night. “Epperson stated to me that he did not think it would be a problem for them to leave a vehicle on the property and that they were going to ‘park’,” Dugan stated in his report.
During standard questioning procedures, Dugan learned that Epperson had a couple of “blue pills”, later identified as generic Viagra, in the vehicle. When the officer asked Epperson to step out of the vehicle, Epperson asked the officer if he could light a cigarette, which the officer allowed. It was then that Epperson placed something from his pocket into his mouth. Dugan attempted to detain Epperson, who began to resist, and after a short struggle successfully placed him into custody. The suspect told the officer he had swallowed a “blue pill”.
Grady was removed from the vehicle by assisting officer Deputy Cochrane and Dugan searched the vehicle. A bag containing smaller baggies of what was suspected to be methamphetamine was located under the passenger seat in the floor.
During the search, Epperson admitted to Deputy Cochrane that he had not swallowed a “blue pill”, but methamphetamine. Cochrane transported Epperson to Unity Health Emergency Room in Newport to be evaluated.
Grady confessed to Deputy Dugan that she and Epperson had smoked meth a short time prior to the officer’s contact with them, after denying any knowledge of the drugs in the vehicle. During an inventory search of the vehicle, another bag was found containing a large amount of cash and a glass pipe, typically used for smoking meth. Grady admitted the bag was hers and stated that the cash was hers from her business.
Kyle Epperson, who is currently on parole supervision, was charged with Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Evidence, and Possession of Methamphetamine > 10 g < 200 g. His bond was set at $75,000. Shelli M. Grady was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver > 10 g < 200 g and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $10,000.