PADUCAH, KY – Earlier this month, detectives received information alleging that 46-year-old Michael Creech was once again selling Methamphetamine in multiple Western Kentucky counties. Drug detectives were familiar with Creech and had arrested him on numerous occasions.

Drug detectives conducted an investigation that involved purchasing Crystal Methamphetamine from Creech and obtaining two search warrants for residences located in the Farley area of McCracken County.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Creech was wanted on an outstanding parole violation warrant. On 01/23/2024, just after 2:00PM, detectives located and arrested Creech during a traffic stop on Clarks River Road. As part of the investigation, detectives then executed two search warrants at two separate residences located at 155 and 185 Butler Lane in McCracken County.

When detectives arrived on Butler Lane, they located 53-year-old Mark Bates of Paducah, KY. Bates was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Texas.

During the investigation and search warrants, detectives located and seized approximately 115 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, Hydrocodone pills, Oxycodone pills, assorted drug paraphernalia, and $3,800 in cash believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales.

At the time of his arrest, Creech was on parole for a 2021 conviction for trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Both Creech and Bates were lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are likely in this case.

Arrested: Michael K. Creech, 46, of Butler Lane (McCracken County)

Charges: Trafficking in Methamphetamine 2nd or subsequent offense (two counts), trafficking in Opiates 2nd or subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a parole violation warrant

Arrested: Mark Bates, 53, of North View Street (Paducah)

Charges: Fugitive from Justice (Texas Warrant)