Hopkinsville Couple Arrested on Meth Charges

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Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department’s Drug Division arrested a Hopkinsville, Kentucky couple on Monday night on drug charges and seized a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

Detectives with drug division began a drug investigation earlier this month after receiving information that a Hopkinsville man, only known as “Terp” was supplying McCracken County residents with Methamphetamine to use/sell.

During the course of the investigation detectives identified “Terp” as Kevin J. Terpening, 43 of Hopkinsville KY as a source of supply for Methamphetamine in McCracken and other Western Kentucky Counties. The investigation revealed that Terpening had an extensive criminal history. Kevin Terpening had prior convictions for burglary, bail jumping, fleeing or evading the police, wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a felon, manufacturing Methamphetamine 2nd offense, trafficking Methamphetamine and numerous other felony and misdemeanor offenses. Terpening had received a 20 year prison sentence in January of 2011 but was later released on parole.

Through a covert investigation, detectives learned that Terpening would be delivering a quantity of Methamphetamine to McCracken County at a local gas station located at 7050 Benton Road just off of I-24. Detectives conducted surveillance and observed Terpening and a female later identified as Melissa Cusano arrive the gas station. Both Terpening and Cusano were detained. Detectives located a small quantity of Methamphetamine on Cusano’s person and placed her under arrest.

During a search of the passenger compartment of the truck detectives located approximately 10 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia. Detectives then located an additional 1.6lbs (629 grams) of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in the spare tire of the truck. If sold by the gram, the seized Methamphetamine could have an estimated street value of more than $63,000.

Both Terpening and Cusano were arrested and lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and DEA Madisonville. The investigation is continuing.

Arrested:

Kevin J. Terpening 43, of Hopkinsville KY

Charges:

Trafficking in Methamphetamine 2nd or subsequent offense and possession of drug paraphernalia

Arrested:

Melissa J. Cusano 47, of Hopkinsville KY

Charges:

Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of drug paraphernalia