Camper Searched, Two Arrested
By Jessie Williams
Macon County law enforcement arrested two individuals last week after attempting to locate a wanted man.
According to a report by arresting officer, Deputy Tyler Gann, he deputies Austin Cliburn and Patrick Berry arrived at a residence on South Long Creek Rd. on October 23, 2021, to locate 23-year-old Kevin Bandy.
Bandy had an active warrant out for this arrest for violating his probation, and was believed to be residing inside the camper located at that address.
As deputies approached, they could hear people running around inside and announced themselves as law enforcement.
At that time, they heard what sounded like someone crawling in a storage compartment underneath the camper. Deputy Gann checked the compartment and located Mr. Bandy hiding inside, in an attempt to evade arrest.
While Deputy Gann was detaining Mr. Bandy, Deputy Cliburn made contact with a female inside the residence, identified as 22-year-old Debra Rice, who told the officer Bandy was not there.
Once Bandy was detained, officers received permission to search the camper where they discovered methamphetamine, a substance believed to be cocaine, a substance believed to be Fentanyl, and various drug paraphernalia including spoons, a mirror with white residue on it, smoking pipes, injection needles and a belt that was prepared to be used to inject narcotics.
Also inside the residence were Bandy’s two minor children.
Bandy and Rice were arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail on the following charges:
Kevin Bandy: Violation of Probation, Evading Arrest, Aggravated Child Abuse/Neglect, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule II Drug (2 counts), Manufacture/Delivery or Possession of Meth. His bond is set at $55,000, and he is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on Nov. 17, 2021.
Debra Rice: Aggravated Child Abuse/Neglect, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Accessory After the Fact, Possession of a Schedule II Drug (2 counts), Manufacture/Delivery or Possession of Meth. Her bond was set at $60,000, and she is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on Nov. 17, 2021.