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Two arrested on Oakley


OAKLEY – A Lexington woman and a Magoffin County man were arrested last Friday on meth-related charges.

On Friday, November 2, Magoffin County Sheriff Department officers went to a residence located on the Right Fork of Oakley to serve warrants on Merrietta Ann Standafer, 40, of Lexington, and Tommy J. Minix, 33, of Salyersville. 

According to Detective Neil Adams’ report, he went inside the residence and advised Minix he had an active warrant. Minix reportedly asked Adams to go to the back bedroom to get him a lighter, stating it was in the drawer of the night stand. Once he opened the drawer, he found syringes, small plastic baggies and a small Crown Royal bag. Inside the bag was a small plastic container with approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine, two Neurontin tablets and three Xanax tablets. Adams reportedly found two other baggies of suspected meth in other two other bedrooms in the home, several sets of digital scales, more plastic baggies, and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Both Standafer, who had reportedly been staying at the home for at least a week, and Minix were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two grams or more; two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax and Neurontin); possession of marijuana and three counts of drug paraphernalia. 

Standafer was wanted on a warrant from September, in which she is accused of pawning a stolen horse saddle at Shawn’s Gun and Pawn. When she was located in the home on Friday, she was in a bedroom where several stolen items of an ongoing investigation were also found. She told police the items were from the residence in the October 31 case, according to MCSO’s Officer Lafferty’s report. She is facing two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000. 

Both Minix and Standafer currently are being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Preliminary hearings were scheduled in each of their cases for November 7, though the outcomes of those hearings were not known at press time.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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