Six arrests net charges of organized crime, drugs

(Filed May 15, 2014)

A joint investigation conducted by McCracken, Livingston and Marshall County Sheriff’s Departments led to the arrests of six adults Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

On May 14, 2014 a joint investigation conducted by Livingston County Sheriff Bobby Davidson and McCracken County Sheriff Detectives led to the execution of a search warrant at 2404 Beiderman Street in Paducah, McCracken County. The search warrant was executed just before midnight at the residence and was found to be occupied by four adults, Brittany Irvan, Matthew Markowski, Michael Yeomans and Taylor Cothran. During a search of the residence detectives seized Heroin packaged for sale, Marijuana, doses of Hydrocodone, digital scales, syringes and cash. The majority of the illegal items were located in plain view inside the residence.

The investigation revealed that Yeomans, Irvan and several other individuals were traveling to Chicago, Illinois, where they would obtain large quantities of Heroin for the past approximate year. The Heroin was then distributed in several Western Kentucky counties. Both Cothran (Yeomans’ girlfriend) and Markowski (Irvan’s boyfriend) assisted in selling the Heroin and collecting drug proceeds.

Detectives determined that another man, Harold “Tyler” Fletcher was also involved with above individuals. Fletcher was arrested at 2:24 a.m. after he arrived on the parking lot of 7050 Benton Road (Southern Pride Truck Stop) to deliver drug proceeds from Heroin sales.

Marshall County Sheriff detectives searched Fletcher’s Marshall County residence on Walnut Street and located additional quantities of Heroin, Methamphetamine, LSD, Marijuana and a handgun. Marshall County Sheriff Detectives arrested Fletcher’s girlfriend, Katherine Morris, who was present at the residence.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, five of these individuals were charged with engaging in organized crime. The individuals in this case acted together engaging in illegal drug trafficking for a profit. Engaging in organized crime is a class “B” felony in the state of Kentucky and carries a penalty of 10-20 years in prison.

Brittany Irvan, Matthew Markowski, Michael Yeomans  and Taylor Cothran were lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail. Katherine Morris was lodged in the Marshall County Jail.


The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are likely.