Grandmother accused of showing up impaired at sheriff’s office

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LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A grandmother is accused of being under the influence when she showed up at the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office to pick up her six-month old grandson, whose 23-year old mother was one of five people arrested on drug charges, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say it all began around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015, when they went to arrest 53-year old Timothy Fields of East Bernstadt on a felony parole violation warrant at a home on McWhorter Road, east of London.

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Deputies say they not only found Fields inside the home, but also crytal methamphetamine. Fields was accused of having over 71-grams of the drug. Investigators say they also found 52-year old Billy Fouts of London with more than 12-grams of crystal meth and that he fought with deputies while being arrested.

While Fields was being arrested, 50-year old Johnny Turner of London pulled up to the home and deputies say he had oxycodone, Xanax and a glass pipe, so we was arrested at the scene, according to investigators.

Deputies also arrested 34-year old Joyce Nantz of East Bernstadt on drug charges, saying she had a glass pipe for smoking meth.

A fifth person, 23-year old Tiffany Johnson of London, was arrested for reportedly having 3-ounces of crystal meth, a needle and her six-month old child with her in the home, according to investigators. The baby boy was initially taken to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office following his mom’s arrest. Investigators say when the child’s grandmother, 58-year old Donna Johnson of London, showed up to pick him up, she was under the influence.

Investigators say Johnson admitted to them, that she drank six beers before driving to the sheriff’s office. Johnson was charged and taken to jail. Social Services was called-in to help place the baby, according to deputies.

Additional charges are expected in this case, according to investigators.

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