FOUR FOR A LOT DRUG DEALING:
DRUG RAID CAME AFTER OVER YEAR LONG JOINT-INVESTIGATION BY JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF, SATE AND D.E.A. (BUT ALL FOUR SUSPECTS ARE IN THE WIND AFTER RELEASED ON BOND FROM THEIR INITIAL ARRESTS)
SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 – written by WADE QUEEN
FOUR OF A KIND: (FROM LEFT PHOTO TO RIGHT PHOTO): CHARLES ALLEN CHANDLER SR., 52, OF TUTOR KEY, KY., ASHLEY JOHNSON, 35, & CORY BRANDON JOHNSON, 32, OF SALYERSVILLE, KY., AND JAYSHAWN ROBINSON, 29, 0F PONTIAC, MICHIGAN; ARE NOW FACING FEDERAL INDICTMENT DRUG CHARGES, FROM THEIR INITIAL ARREST ON STATE DRUG CHARGES ON AUGUST 12, FOR RUNNING A METH DEALING DISTRIBUTION OPERATION IN JOHNSON COUNTY & MAGOFFIN COUNTY.
Charles Allen Chandler Sr., 52, of Tutor Key, Ky., Ashley Johnson, 35, and Cory Brandon Johnson, 32 of Salyersville, Ky., and Jayshawn “Dro Skino” Robinson, 29, of Pontiac, Michigan
A Johnson County man, a Magoffin County couple, and a wanted Michigan man, have all been charged together in a federal indictment alleging a meth distribution conspiracy in Johnson County and Magoffin County.
MAJOR BUST: NARCOTIC & CONTRABAND EVIDENCE THAT WAS SEIZED DURING THE AUGUST 12, 2021 RAID OF CHARLES ALLEN CHANDLER SR. HOME AT 3495 KY. ROUTE 581 IN TUTOR KEY, IN JOHNSON COUNTY.
Evidence seized during the Aug. 12 raid of Charles Allen Chandler’s home.
The four people were arrested after a culmination of a year-long drug investigation in Johnson County, Kentucky, on Thursday, August 12.
The four who were arrested were identified as: Charles Allen Chandler Sr., 52, of Tutor Key, Ky., Ashley Johnson, 35, and Cory Brandon Johnson, 32 of Salyersville, Ky., and Jayshawn “Dro Skino” Robinson, 29, of Pontiac, Michigan.
According to the federal indictment, handed down on Thursday, August 26, by a federal grand jury in Pikeville; between April 2020 and August 2021, the four participated in a conspiracy which resulted in the distribution of more than 500 grams of the drug in Johnson and Magoffin counties.
Both Charles Chandler and Ashley Johnson were also indicted on charges of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; and Charles Chandler was also indicted on four charges of distribution of methamphetamine.
Those indicted were arrested earlier this month as the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Charles Chandler’s residence.
On Thursday, August 12th, 2021 the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3495 Ky Rt 581, in Tutor Key, at the residence of Charles Allen Chandler.
The search warrant was the culmination of a year-long investigation conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Operation Unite, and D.E.A. London; that involved the trafficking of illegal narcotics into Johnson and surrounding counties, according to a statement from the Johnson County Sheriff Office.
Recovered at the scene was approximately 1,238 grams (2.7 pounds) of methamphetamine, 18 grams of heroin, and $18,819.00 in cash, the statement said.
The three local inductees were initially arrested on state charges,
Charles Aallen Chandler Sr. was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance over two grams of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, where he had been held since he was arrested on August 6, on a court bench warrant for Failure To Appear.
Ashley and Cory Johnson were both charged with first-degree complicity to trafficking a controlled substance over two grams of methamphetamine.
Jayshawn Robinson, was arrested on two Michigan fugitive warrants for armed robbery.
Charles Chandler Sr., Ashley Johnson and Cory Johnson have since posted bail and been released from the BSRDC after their initial arresta on state charges.
Jayshawn Robinson was held at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center until his eventual extradition by Michigan law enforcement authorities back to Michigan.
According to the federal indictment, the conspiracy charge all four suspects are each facing carries a minimum of 10 years to a maximum sentence of life in federal prison if they are convicted.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the four indicted suspects in the case, for their whereabouts are unknown as of the September Labor Day Holiday weekend.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor said in a statement on his JCSO Facebook page that he and the Johnson County Sheriff Office were committed to the fight against illegal drugs in Johnson County, and he asked for anyone who has any information from the public on any illicit drug trafficking, that they can call the Johnson County Sheriff Office Anonymous Tip Line at 1-606-788-0252.