Dalton Braden Meth BustHARTFORD, Ky. (3/30/16) — A joint investigation by the Ohio County Sheriff's Office and the Hartford Police Department led to the arrest of two women in the Rosine area this morning.

The investigation revealed the pair wanted to sell several grams of crystal methamphetamine and were willing to drive to Ohio County to make the deal.

Detectives with the OCSO and troopers with the Kentucky State Police conducted a surveillance operation in the area they believed the deal was to take place. Officers saw a drug transaction take place a few hundred feet from the Rosine Fire Department.

Once the transaction was verified by OCSO detectives, the OCSO deputies and KSP troopers followed the pair west on U.S. 62 E. Apparently the two women realized they were being followed because Deputy Nick Eskridge saw the woman in the passenger seat scatter a substance from a plastic baggie into the road. 

The vehicle was pulled over and the two were arrested without incident.

The driver was identified as Tina Dalton, 61, who is from the Leitchfield area. She was charged with one count of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), one count of operating on a suspended license, one count of failure to wear seatbelts, one count of failure to produce insurance card and one count of no registration plates. In addition, Dalton was wanted out of Daviess County on a failure to sppear arrest warrant.

The passenger was identified as Heather Braden, 30, of Owensboro. She was charged with one count of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamine) and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

OCSO Deputy James Vincent was able to retrace the route the suspects' vehicle took and found the plastic baggie Braden threw out of the vehicle's window. That evidence will be sent to the KSP Lab in Madisonville to determine what substance was in it at the time of dispersal.

Both individuals were lodged in the Ohio County Detention Center.

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