A drug trafficking tip led to the arrest of two Somerset men Wednesday night as well as the rescue of an elderly woman and her mentally-challenged son.
Randy Ellison, 58, of South Horseshoe Drive, is facing charges of Enhanced Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (2nd or greater offense), Enhanced Cultivation of Marijuana (5 or more plants, 1st offense) and two counts of Wanton Abuse/Neglect of an Adult. Jamie Cale Brown, 46, of N. Starview Drive, was taken into custody on a warrant alleging he violated the conditions of his parole.
The arrests stem from an investigation conducted by Constables Mike Wallace, Gary Baldock and Eric Strunk and based on a tip regarding alleged drug trafficking and neglect at the Ellison home. Wallace reported that, once he arrived on scene, he found a 54-year-old mentally handicapped man sitting on a golf cart in the front yard by himself while his 83-year-old mother was inside. Ellison, their caretaker, was found downstairs in the basement "doing drugs" with Brown.
"Randy Ellison is the son and brother of the victims," Wallace stated. "The mother received her pain meds of 90 oxycodone pills four days ago and was out of meds, and received 90 Xanax on the same day and was missing 47 of them."
Constable Wallace added that two grams of crystal methamphetamine were inside a black case under the couch where Ellison sat. The constables also found "numerous rifles and handguns laying around the house" and 20 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of the residence.
Ellison's mother and brother have been transferred into the care of Ellison's older brother, Wallace said.
Ellison was arraigned in Pulaski District Court on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.
A court schedule was not immediately available for Brown. Records indicate that he had been released on parole in March after serving approximately one year in prison for third-degree Burglary and Theft By Unlawful Taking convictions dating back to February 2018.