Elderly man arrested for drug trafficking

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

February 18, 2014

A controlled drug buy led to the arrest of a 78-year-old Grayson County man on drug trafficking charges Monday afternoon, Feb. 17.

According to lead investigator Buck Meredith with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the operation was a joint effort between the Leitchfield Police Department and the GCSO.

“It was nice to see both agencies working together. We can really accomplish a lot when we work in unison,” Meredith said.

Officers set up a drug buy on Carson Drive in Leitchfield using an undercover operative who purchased a large quantity of marijuana from 78-year-old Marchmond “Sunny” Cottrell.

Following the closely-monitored buy, Meredith performed a traffic stop, pulling over Cottrell’s vehicle. Inside the vehicle, he found in Cottrell’s possession the cash which was used by the undercover officer to purchase the drugs as well as an additional half pound of marijuana.

Cottrell was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, with an amount over eight ounces.

A search warrant was obtained for Cottrell’s home at 2036 Hardin Springs Road, where officers discovered more marijuana, marijuana seeds, digital scales and other items used in drug trafficking.

Cottrell is currently lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Cottrell was recently involved in a civil lawsuit which be brought against Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons and former Detective Terry Blanton in which he alleged that his March 2012 arrest for trafficking in marijuana was illegal.