Police seize drugs, guns, cars and money in upscale Jeffersontown neighborhood


by Bryan Baker


Posted on April 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 1:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A drug bust in an upscale Jeffersontown neighborhood stunned many people living there. An investigation led officers to a home where they recovered not only drugs, but cars, guns, and money.
"What I heard was the flash-bangs going off, and they kicked in the door and they threw the flash-bangs in," one neighbor said.
The raid happened Friday at a corner home on Stoney Run Drive where many Brookhollow neighbors walk and drive by each day. But they had no idea what was going on inside.
"I would have never thought it would have been a drug house," another neighbor said.
Chauncey Shanklin, who neighbors say has rented a home here for less than a year, along with his cousin Damon were arrested.
Police released pictures showing what they seized -- guns, cocaine, cars, and close to $70,000 in cash, some of it hidden in shoe boxes.
"So that's a little scary considering I have two young children around the corner knowing there could have been gunshots going off in the middle of the night or when they're in the front yard playing," a neighbor said.
"It looked like half a dozen SWAT team members were coming across the lawn into the house," one neighbor, who saw the scene, described. "Right at that very moment, the gentlemen or the folks who lived there came driving up in their car, and the [neighbors who were watching] actually pointed out, 'That's him! That's him!' and that's when all the police officers ran across the lawn got into their vehicles and chased after him."
Police had eyes on Chauncey Shanklin since March when they say he escaped a drug deal in the Jeffersontown Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot.
When police were searching the home last Friday they say the Shanklins drove up but then sped away. Police say they had to chase Damon and Chauncey into the same Dick's parking lot. They say Chauncey ran before he was caught. Damon allegedly had evidence of the drug deal on text messages on his phone.
"I feel like this is a safe neighborhood," a neighbor added. "It's just one incident with some bad renters."
Chauncey is charged with fleeing police, along with gun, drug charges, and wanton endangerment, some of which stems from the alleged incident at Dick's in March. Damon is charged with drug trafficking. Both are convicted felons.