Four Lexington men face drug-trafficking charges in Richmond after a report of “shots fired” led to a pursuit that ended on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, the Madison County sheriff’s office said Monday.
Deputies charged Devon Richardson, 19; Lonnie Oxendine, 18; Jabri Carter, 18; and Anwar Alcorn, 18, all of Lexington, with first offense of trafficking marijuana less than 8 ounces, trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Richardson was also charged with driving under the influence and fleeing and evading police. All four were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
A juvenile in the vehicle was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The teen, whose name not released, was released to a court-designated worker.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Buster Dargavell received information about a gray Ford truck being involved in a “shots fired” complaint on North Second Street in Richmond near the EKU campus. Dargavell located the truck matching the description turning left onto Lancaster Avenue from Main Street, the sheriff’s office said in a release.
Dargavell activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the Ford truck failed to yield and continued down Lancaster Avenue before making a left onto Crabbe Street. The driver turned right off of Crabbe Street onto University Drive in the heart of EKU’s campus, traveling the wrong way on the one-way street, before finally stopping.
No injuries were reported and the suspects were taken into custody without further incident.
In a search of the truck, deputies seized suspected cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $833 in currency, and an AR-15 assault weapon with two loaded magazines.
EKU police had announced a campus-wide safety alert about 2:30 a.m. Sunday via Twitter, notifying followers of a “dangerous situation reported on or near Richmond Campus involving possibly armed individual with intent to do harm.”
The safety alert was issued as a precaution when EKU police were notified that a vehicle with suspects was headed toward campus.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by officers from the Richmond Police Department and Eastern Kentucky University Police.