ARREST: Methamphetamine and Paraphernalia seized in Southern Kentucky during an Investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization

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SOMERSET, KY (July 28, 2022) - Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck is reporting the arrest of a Waynesburg man on drug charges in the early morning hours Wednesday, following a joint investigation with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Speck reports the case began when Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in Pulaski County.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Michael Lee Padgett of Waynesburg, KY was alleged to supply drug dealers in Pulaski County with Methamphetamine.

Detective Lieutenant Daryl Kegley contacted Sergeant Michael Mullins of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Mullins was familiar with Padgett and had been investigating information he received about Padgett’s activity.

A search warrant was obtained for Padgett’s residence on Cemetery Road in Waynesburg.

Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office converged on the residence, shortly after midnight. Deputies forced entry into the residence, after knocking.

Upon entering the residence, Deputies located two individuals in the living room area of the residence, along with Padgett, who was coming from the bathroom area of the residence.

Once Deputies began their search, they discovered a large shard of Methamphetamine, in the pocket of Padgett.

In the residence, Deputies located:

  • Digital scales
  • Baggies
  • Drug ledgers
  • Various items of drug paraphernalia

Upon searching the bathroom area of the residence, Deputies located Methamphetamine in the toilet, where it appeared a large amount of Methamphetamine had been disposed of. Deputies discovered a large gallon bag beside the toilet with Methamphetamine residue inside of the bag.


Through the investigation, Deputies learned Padgett had driveway sensors and surveillance cameras and had ample time to dispose of the Methamphetamine before Deputies could make entry into the residence.

Michael Padgett was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Controlled Substances 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence

Padgett was lodged at the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Deputies were assisted on the scene by Special Agents from the FBI and Constable Delbert Mitchell.

The investigation is ongoing by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Greg Speck asked that if you have any information about drug activity or any crime, contact our office at 606-678-5145.

You can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at

Contact: Major Jeff Hancock
Chief Deputy


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