MAYFIELD, KY (News First) – A lengthy investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies in western Kentucky culminated this morning with the arrest of two significant drug dealers in Graves County.

The investigation involved the United States Postal Inspector, along with Sheriff’s offices from McCracken, Graves, Ballard, Carlisle, and Calloway counties, as well as municipal police departments from Paducah, Mayfield, and Murray, and the Paducah office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

During the initial stages of the inquiry, authorities discovered that 37-year-old Antonio D. Jackson of Links Lane in Mayfield was trafficking large quantities of crystal Methamphetamine in Mayfield, Graves County, and other communities in the Purchase area of Western Kentucky. Jackson allegedly received substantial shipments of Methamphetamine at his Mayfield residence and then distributed it to smaller dealers in the area.

Several undercover operations reportedly confirmed Jackson’s role as the supplier to smaller dealers. Over 10 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine were seized during the investigation and will likely serve as evidence at trial against Jackson and others involved in the illegal distribution, possibly in federal court.

On Tuesday morning, April 16, 2024, around 11:00 AM, arrest and search warrants were executed locally, with assistance from the McCracken Sheriff’s Office Swat and other agencies. At approximately 11:20 AM, Jackson, who was under surveillance, was stopped at the intersection of Ky Hwy 303 and Ky 80. Concerned that Jackson might attempt to flee, law enforcement initiated a moving roadblock, resulting in Jackson’s vehicle making contact with one of the arrest teams’ vehicles. Jackson attempted to flee but was successfully blocked in, preventing a vehicle pursuit. During his apprehension, approximately 1/4 pound of Crystal Methamphetamine and US Currency were found in Jackson’s vehicle.

A subsequent search of Jackson’s Links Lane residence yielded additional evidence of drug trafficking. Later, at approximately 12:50 PM, arrest teams proceeded to another residence in the 400 block of Chris Drive, approximately 3 miles south of Mayfield, where they arrested another suspect, 38-year-old Ivy S. Daniels of Mayfield, on active arrest warrants related to Trafficking in Crystal Methamphetamine. US Currency connected to the drug investigation was also discovered at this location.

Both Jackson and Daniels have extensive criminal records. Daniels has prior felony convictions for Methamphetamine and Cocaine possession, as well as Trafficking in Cocaine on two separate occasions. Jackson’s felony convictions include Trafficking in Cocaine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Fleeing or Evading Police on at least three occasions. He is currently awaiting sentencing on illegal felony firearm charges in McCracken County.

After being taken into custody, both men were transported to detention facilities outside the county.

Jackson, Antonio D. Age: 37 Residence: Mayfield, KY Charges: Felony Fleeing or Evading Police, Trafficking in Crystal Methamphetamine over 10 Pounds

Daniels, Ivy S. Age: 38 Residence: Graves County Charges: Trafficking in a 1st Degree Controlled Substance (Meth) 2nd or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

These cases are expected to be presented to the United States Attorney’s Office in Paducah, KY, for prosecution. Charges against additional suspect(s) are pending