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UNITE’s 100th drug roundup targets 51 suspects in Harlan County 2-21-08
HARLAN – Continuing problems with illegal drug sales throughout Harlan County resulted in a roundup targeting 51 individuals on Friday, February 15.
This was the 100th time in nearly four years that Operation UNITE has attempted to take drug dealers off the streets in the 29-county Fifth Congressional District.
Nearly all the indictment warrants were for the illegal sale of prescription drugs, mostly OxyContin, said Dan Smoot, UNITE’s director of law enforcement. The remaining charges were primarily for crack cocaine, believed to have been brought to Southeastern Kentucky from South Carolina.
Participating in the roundup was ABC television news personality Diane Sawyer, who is filming a segment on the OxyContin and prescription drug problem throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky for an upcoming special.
UNITE detectives were able to obtain drugs from most communities in Harlan County during the investigation, which began about six months ago, Smoot continued, adding many of the sales were tied to the well-publicized prostitution problems in downtown Harlan.
At least two of those sought in Friday’s effort were arrested by UNITE during previous roundups.
Assisting UNITE detectives with Friday’s roundup were approximately three dozen officers from the Benham Police Department, Cumberland Police Department, Evarts Police Department, Harlan Police Department, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Loyall Police Department and Lynch Police Department.
Once arrested, suspects were brought to the Harlan Civic Center for processing before being taken to the Harlan County Detention Center.
Friday’s enforcement effort marked the ninth time a UNITE roundup has included drug-dealers from Harlan County.
UNITE created its law enforcement division in February 2004. Two months later, on April 6, police officers from state and local agencies joined with UNITE detectives to arrest 210 individuals in eight Kentucky River counties – the largest drug roundup conducted in Kentucky history.
To date UNITE has arrested more than 2,000 individuals on drug-related charges.
On July 14, 2006, the Harlan County community of Verda was selected for UNITE’s first “Operation Hot Spot” enforcement effort.
Unlike other drug round-ups, this initiative seeks first to reclaim drug-invested neighborhoods by eliminating the dealers, then follows up on the high-profile effort by giving residents resources on UNITE’s other two equally important components – education and treatment – to keep their neighborhoods drug-free.
UNITE returned for another Hot Spot effort on March 2, 2007, in the Tri-Cities area (Benham-Lynch-Cumberland).
As of noon Friday, law enforcement officials had arrested 28 individuals. They are:
• Bill Baldwin, age 52, Creek Street, Cumberland, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Wynston Bynum, age 28, Cawood Street, Harlan, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Dana M. Caldwell, age 26, Lee Drive, Cawood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Judy Cawood, age 42, Marsh Street, Harlan, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
• Jacqueline Lacy Clem, age 23, Highway 421-South, Cawood, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Michael L. Deal, age 42, Clutts Road, Cumberland, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
• Michael Earls, age 23, Mose Howard Hollow, Cawood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Carol Grubbs, age 51, Cawood, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Tice Henry Grubbs, age 32, Cranks, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Brian Harris, age 20, Mountain View Avenue, Harlan, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Ronald Hensley, age 40, Turner Hill, Harlan, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Ronnie Hodge, age 53, Henson Street, Cumberland, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Harold Jones, age 63, Church Street, Lynch, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Bonnie Lewis, age 43, Day Hollow Road, Bledsoe, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Angelique Napier, age 36, Kris Kyle Road, Bledsoe, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Michael Shepherd, age 39, West Main Street, Lynch, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Mark Shoemaker, age 42, Treemont, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Gill Smith Sr., age 66, Maypother Drive, Loyall, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
• James Derek Stephenson, age 18, East Clover Street, Harlan, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Linda Stevens, age 36, Cawood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Robert Stevens, age 39, Shuler Street, Smith, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Charles Trotter, age 55, Church Street, Benham, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Brittany Turner, age 19, Stacy Hill Road, Cumberland, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Esther White, age 48, West Johnson Street, Cumberland, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Melissa Williams, age 47, Benham, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Deanna “Dee” Woodsby, age 37, South Main Street, Harlan, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Angela Wyatt, age 24, Wood Street, Cumberland, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.
• Sheila York, age 30, Third Street, Grays Knob, Harlan, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.


PRIDE and Owsley County partner to serve local students 2-21-08

BOONEVILLE, KY — Hands-on environmental lessons will be part of the curriculum at Owsley County Elementary School , thanks to a partnership between PRIDE, the Owsley County Fiscal Court and Owsley County Conservation District. A PRIDE environmental education coordinator will visit classrooms monthly to lead fun activities that prepare students for state science tests and life-long environmental stewardship.
Owsley County’s PRIDE Environmental Education Outreach Program for the 2007-2008 school year was officially launched Dec. 17 when a partnership agreement was signed by PRIDE Chief Operating/Financial Officer Tammie Wilson, Judge-Executive Cale Turner, and Conservation District Chairperson Denise Hoffman. The program fee was paid by the fiscal court and conservation district.
“I want to thank Judge Turner, the magistrates and Ms. Hoffman for supporting this program,” said Karen Engle, PRIDE President/Chief Executive Officer. “You obviously share PRIDE’s commitment to showing students how our daily lives impact the environment around us and why it is our personal responsibility to care for it. We must teach our students today about the importance of clean water quality, recycling, and proper trash disposal so they will have a cleaner, healthier environment for tomorrow.”
The goal of the PRIDE Environmental Outreach Program is to increase children’s environmental knowledge by providing lessons tied to Kentucky Core Content and involving students in cleanup activities. PRIDE offers the program in its 38-county service area. To participate, each county pays a fee and local schools commit to implementing the program in cooperation with PRIDE staff.
The program serves 3rd through 5th grade classes, with an emphasis on 4th graders who are tested on science in the state’s annual CATS testing. A PRIDE education coordinator visits classrooms each month to teach about a different environmental topic, such as recycling, energy, water quality, wetlands, solid waste issues and litter, and wildlife, plant and animal habitat.
Sara Gilbert will be the PRIDE education coordinator serving Owsley County . She has been with PRIDE for four years and has experience leading hands-on lessons, cleanup activities and stream walks with students and scout groups. Gilbert earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Management at Eastern Kentucky University and completed the Kentucky State Environmental Education Certification Program for non-formal educators.
Eastern Kentucky PRIDE is a nonprofit organization that promotes “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment” in southern and eastern Kentucky . PRIDE works with communities to improve water quality, clean up solid waste problems, and increase environmental awareness.
For more information, please visit www.kypride.org or call the PRIDE office, which is located at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset , at 888-577-4339.


5 arrested after marijuana found at motel 2-16-08

BEATTYVILLE – An investigation into alleged drug dealing led to the arrest of five individuals at a Lee County motel on Wednesday, February 6.
The Jackson Police Department had received a tip about possible marijuana sales from the Tinchers Motel on KY 11-South and notified Operation UNITE, said Paul Hays, deputy law enforcement director for UNITE.
About 3 p.m. on Wednesday, UNITE detectives accompanied by officers from the Jackson Police Department, Beattyville Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police approached the room where the suspects were staying and discovered approximately 2 pounds of marijuana and $445 in cash.
UNITE arrested 61-year-old Charlie J. Neace, of Little Leatherwood Road in Lost Creek (Breathitt County), on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school (Southside Elementary).
Neace currently has an unrelated drug trafficking charge pending in Breathitt County.
KSP troopers charged Neace’s wife, son and two other woman on charges ranging from first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and public intoxication (drugs).
All suspects were lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.


Drug plea, sentencing cases heard in court 2-16-08

BEATTYVILLE - A Lee County woman pleaded guilty to drug charges while a Lee County man learned his sentence in a separate case heard in court on Friday, January 18.
In Lee County, 21-year-old Sandy Hacker, of Pearl Street, Beattyville, pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. On June 25, 2006, Hacker sold a Methadone wafer to a cooperating witness working with UNITE detectives.
The commonwealth has recommended a 10-year sentence, with Hacker serving 3 years and having the remaining 7 years probated for 5 years.
Circuit Judge Thomas P. Jones scheduled a sentencing hearing for February 15.
In Owsley County, 33-year-old Sonny Stepp of Beattyville was sentenced to 7 years in jail for selling an OxyContin tablet to a cooperating witness on December 11, 2006, Herald said.

Seven charged in Perry drug investigations 2-16-08
HAZARD – Seven Perry County residents have been arrested on drug-related charges as a result of separate UNITE investigations.
Indictment warrants were obtained December 18 for a number of individuals suspected of selling a variety of controlled substances. In addition, police are seeking several people who fraudulently obtained drugs by “doctor shopping” – visiting multiple doctors for prescriptions.
UNITE detectives -- assisted by the Kentucky State Police, Hazard Police Department and Perry County Sheriff’s Office -- began trying to locate the suspects on January 17.
As of Sunday, January 27, the following individuals have been arrested:
• Teresa Lynn Carr, age 41, of Broadway, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Percocet).
• Karis Jean Causey, age 55, of Hemlock Street, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense (OxyContin).
• Samuel T. Eddington, age 31, Lauren Paige Lane, Hazard, five counts attempt/obtaining controlled substances by fraud or false statement.
• Troy J. Fugate, age 43, Entertainment Drive, Bonnyman, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methadone and Oxycodone).
• Ale R. Keith, age 33, Laurel Street, Hazard, one count each first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methadone) and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Lorcet).
• Bobby Shepherd, age 34, Hooterville, Dice, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamine, Hydrocodone and Percocet).
•  Sandra Lee Shepherd, age 39, Hooterville, Dice, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone)
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3 plead guilty to drug trafficking charges

CAMPTON – Three people pled guilty to drug trafficking charges during a hearing in Wolfe Circuit Court on Thursday, January 24, said Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald. All three Operation UNITE cases date back to early last year.
• James Ratliff, age 28, of Campton, pled guilty to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald said Ratliff sold a quantity of cocaine to a cooperating witness on January 18, 2007.
The commonwealth recommended Ratliff receive a five-year sentence. Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher set a sentencing hearing for February 21.
• Chris Settles, age 27, of Campton, pled guilty to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Settles sold a Methadone tablet to a cooperating witness on January 18, 2007, Bruce Herald said.
The commonwealth recommended Settles receive a seven-year sentence. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for February 7.
• Robert Smith, age 34, of Stanton, pled guilty to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
The Powell County resident sold a quantity of cocaine to a cooperating witness on February 14, 2007, in Wolfe County.
The commonwealth recommended Smith serve five years in jail when sentenced on February 21
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Investigations lead to 16 drug indictments

LONDON – Three separate Operation UNITE drug investigations have led to the indictment of 16 people – most related to the production of methamphetamine.
As of Thursday, January 24, all but three of the individuals had been served with arrest warrants.
Eleven people were indicted in December on conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charges following an investigation that began in early 2007.
Each of the suspects brought pseudoephedrine-containing products, chemicals, or other items needed in the production of methamphetamine to a central location where the drug was later made, said Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE’s Cumberland Drug Task Force.
On September 7, 2007, a search warrant was executed at the Taylor School Road home of 34-year-old Doyle Ray Carter. Officers from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, London Police Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found meth, various components to make meth, along with several weapons.
“Carter is believed to have been the main meth cook,” Cunigan said.
Nine of the suspects have been arrested in connection with this investigation:
• Gladys Asher, age 33, Little County Road, East Bernstadt, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Winnie Bowling, age 28, Little County Road, East Bernstadt, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Doyle Ray Carter, age 34, Taylor School Road, London, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Patricia Gregory, age 56, Taylor School Road, London, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Travis Hundley, age 33, Highway 638, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He also faces related charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of marijuana from a November indictment.
• Tiffany Jackson, age 24, Barbourville Road, London, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• James Jent, age 30, Little County Road, East Bernstadt, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Candice Kerns, age 25, Taylor School Road, London, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Frankie Murray, age 47, West Highway 1376, East Bernstadt, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Three individuals were involved in the second investigation, which began September 11, 2007, after a UNITE detective observed suspicious behavior at a London pharmacy.
While sitting in the parking lot, the detective spotted several people in two different cars take turns going into the pharmacy. A phone call to the pharmacist confirmed that they were purchasing pseudoephedrine-containing products – a main ingredient in meth production.
With assistance from the London Police Department, a stop was made on one of the vehicles and evidence recovered.
Two of the three suspects have been arrested:
• Jennifer Burkhart, 27, of East Second Street, London, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.
• Jerry Sizemore, age 37, of Cold Hill Road, London, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors. Sizemore also faces a methamphetamine manufacturing charge as a result of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office discovering an active lab last fall.
The third investigation involved trafficking in marijuana.
Last fall, law enforcement officers from UNITE, the Kentucky State Police and DEA executed a search warrant that led to the recovery of approximately 15 pounds of processed marijuana.
Tommy Scott, age 40, and Theresa Napier, age 35, both of Old Crab Orchard Road, London, were each charged with trafficking in marijuana more than 5 pounds
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Breathitt woman convicted of drug trafficking

JACKSON – A Breathitt County woman didn’t have a very good birthday Tuesday, January 15, as a jury needed only 11 minutes to find her guilty of drug trafficking.
The trial, in Breathitt Circuit Court, lasted two days.
Wanda Combs, 48, of Airplane Hollow, Jackson, was convicted of selling an OxyContin tablet to a cooperating witness on February 12, 2007, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. The sale was part of an undercover investigation conducted by Operation UNITE detectives.
Following the guilty verdict, jurors recommended Combs receive a sentence of 8 years in jail, Herald said.
Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher scheduled a sentencing hearing for Friday, January 25
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Turner pleads guilty to drug trafficking

JACKSON ­ A Breathitt County man has entered a plea of guilty to three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, according to UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. Johnny Dale Turner, age 40, of Talbert, entered the plea before Circuit Court Judge Frank Allen Fletcher on Wednesday, November 21. Turner sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on three occasions between October 4 and October 31, 2006, Herald said.
Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald recommended that Turner be sentenced to 10 years on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently
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Lee man to serve 7 years for drug trafficking 11-26-07

BEATTYVILLE – A Lee County man learned Friday, November 16, that he will spend the next seven years in jail for selling drugs.
Ricky Farler, age 38, of Beattyville, received a seven-year sentence on each of three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Lee Circuit Court Judge Thomas P. Jones followed the recommendation of Commonwealth Attorney Heather Combs.
According to Herald, Farler sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on three occasions between June 28 and August 8, 2006.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

Campton resident receives 5 years for drug trafficking

CAMPTON – A Wolfe County resident has been sentenced to five years in prison on a drug trafficking charge, said Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald.
Brenda Kaye Banks, age 61, of Campton, appeared for sentencing before Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher on Thursday, November 8.
Banks was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after selling Morphine to an undercover police officer on March 16, 2005, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

Lengthy investigation into out-of-state ‘doctor shopping’ nets 34 arrest warrants

PRESTONSBURG – An ongoing investigation into the illegal purchase of prescription medications has resulted in 34 arrest warrants by Operation UNITE.
Nearly all of cases involved the unlawful procurement of a controlled substance – also known as “doctor shopping” – by fraudulently getting medication from doctors in Kentucky and at least two other states, said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for UNITE, adding “several of those being arrested today will likely face drug trafficking charges.”
“Detectives in our Big Sandy Drug Task Force have been working on this case with other agencies since the latter part of 2004,” Smoot said. “The more cases that developed, the larger this investigation grew. Many of these individuals are connected to an ongoing federal investigation by the Kentucky State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration.”
A law enforcement round-up of the UNITE suspects was held Thursday, November 8, in Floyd and Johnson counties.
“Thursday’s enforcement effort will not be the last,” Smoot said. “We expect additional arrests in other counties in the near future.”
UNITE’s cases primarily involved individuals who were obtaining drugs for their own use, noted Iain Dalrymple, manager of the Big Sandy Drug Task Force.
“Our investigation identified approximately 180 people from five counties -- Floyd, Knott, Johnson, Martin and Pike -- who were traveling to either Philadelphia or Ohio for a doctor’s visit,” Dalrymple said. “While there is nothing illegal about seeing an out-of-state doctor, those we’re arresting today would return to Kentucky and visit a local doctor with the same complaints and receive prescriptions for additional pills.”
“Doctors here in Kentucky were actually the victims because they didn’t know these people were seeing another doctor,” Dalrymple said. “These individuals were obtaining between 80 and 200 pills each month.”
Prescriptions for Hydrocodone and Methadone were the most common, although Valium and Xanax pills were also obtained, Smoot said. “More than 50,000 Methadone tablets alone ended up in Eastern Kentucky from Philadelphia.”
Assisting UNITE detectives Thursday were law enforcement officers from the Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Prestonsburg Police Department, City of Martin Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Paintsville Police Department and Kentucky Bureau of Investigation.
As of 3:30 p.m. 18 people had been arrested, including two fugitives from previous roundups, and lodged in either the Floyd County or Johnson County detention centers. They are:
• Bennett Blankenship, age 45, Highway 3380, Teaberry (Floyd County), 2 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Eugene Caudill, age 43, Jacks Creek, Bypro (Floyd County), 8 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Alta Chapman, age 50, Cow Hollow, Drift (Floyd County), 4 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Wayne Collins, age 54, Route 550, Eastern (Floyd County), 1 count unauthorized procurement.
• Larry Goble, age 53, Corn Fork, Prestonsburg (Floyd County), 3 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Jeanette Hoover, age 48, Chaffins Branch, Garrett (Floyd County), 2 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Patsy Hoover, age 35, Goose Creek Road, Eastern (Floyd County), 1 count unauthorized procurement.
• Joey Luster, age 33, Poplar Street, Harold (Floyd County), 3 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Ervin Marsillet Jr., age 57, Otis Hays Branch, Flat Gap (Johnson County), 1 count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and 3 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Jim Marsillett III, age 32, Otis Hays Branch, Flat Gap (Johnson County), 1 count unauthorized procurement.
• Frank Newsome, age 46, Mayo Court, Prestonsburg (Floyd County), 2 counts unauthorized procurement.
• James Osborne, age 43, Highland Avenue, Prestonsburg (Floyd County), 13 counts unauthorized procurement.
• David Ousley, age 42, Pineview Motor Court, Paintsville (Floyd County), 8 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Tracy Patrick, age 36, Floyd County Detention Center, 4 counts unauthorized procurement.
• Gary Slone, age 55, Dotson Lane, Prestonsburg (Floyd County), 1 count unauthorized procurement.
• Michael Turner, age 54, Cow Hollow, Drift (Floyd County), 1 count unauthorized procurement.
Fugitives
• Kevin Coburn, age 23, Caney Fork Road, Martin (Floyd County), 1 count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Douglas Thomas, age 29, Lackey (Floyd County), 1 count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

Drug plea, sentencing in Breathitt County

JACKSON – One person pled guilty and another was sentenced on drug-related offenses in Breathitt Circuit Court on Friday, November 9, according to Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald.
Tammy Howard Hudson, age 30, of Jackson, pled guilty to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald said Hudson sold half an OxyContin pill to a cooperating witness on October 19, 2005.
The Commonwealth recommended Hudson serve 5 years in jail. Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher set a sentencing hearing for December 7.
On the same day, Fletcher sentenced 49-year-old Johnny Campbell of Winchester to 10 years in jail for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense.
On August 19, 2005, Campbell, a former resident of Breathitt County, sold two Methadone tablets to an undercover police officer, said UNITE Prosecutor Herald.

2 in court for drug charges

BEATTYVILLE – One man has pled guilty and another sentenced to jail on drug-related offenses.
Ricky Farler, age 39, of Beattyville, pled guilty to three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance during a hearing in Lee Circuit Court on October 30, according to Commonwealth Attorney Heather Combs.
Combs recommended that Farler serve 7 years on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently, according to UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald.
Farler was arrested for selling OxyContin to a cooperating witness on three occasions in June and August 2006.
Circuit Judge Thomas P. Jones set a sentencing hearing for Friday, November 16.
In other matters, Judge Jones sentenced 25-year-old Jonathan Davis of Beattyville to two years in jail on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
Davis sold a Clonipin pill to a cooperating witness on June 28, 2006, Herald said. The transaction took place near Beattyville Elementary Schoo
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Tip leads to capture of burglary suspect 11-14-
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BEATTYVILLE ­ Less than four hours after his picture was broadcast on regional television stations, 25-year-old Nekea Ray Rose was arrested in connection with a pharmacy break-in last week.
Rose, of Highway 52-West, Beattyville, had been able to avoid police since the incident.
He was arrested by officers with the Beattyville Police Department about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, at his home. He is charged with third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a DUI-suspended license.
His arrest was directly the result someone who saw Rose¹s photo on the 6 o¹clock news broadcast and called to tell police where he was at. Rose was one of three individuals who burglarized the Stufflebean Pharmacy
on Railroad Street in Beattyville after throwing a large stone through a front window.
Police have also charged 18-year-old Austin E. Reece of Cedar Avenue, Heidelberg, and 20-year-old Daniel Keith Smith of Manor Drive, Beattyville, with one count of third-degree burglar
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Perry man charged with drug possession while on federal probation 11-7-
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HAZARD – A Perry County man on federal probation for drug trafficking was arrested Thursday, November 1, after police witnessed him selling drugs.
Phillip S. Turner, age 51, of the Dwarf community, was arrested by Operation UNITE about 8:50 a.m. and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
“At the time of his arrest he had one and one-half tablets of OxyContin,” said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE’s Kentucky River Drug Task Force. “We expect to present additional charges to the Perry County Grand Jury in the near future.”
UNITE detectives were conducting surveillance on an area suspected of drug trafficking when they observed a drug transaction between Turner and another individual in the parking lot of a business near Hazard.
“Our detectives recognized Turner and knew he was still on supervised release,” Luttrell said.
Turner was sentenced in 2004 on two counts of distribution of Methadone, one count of possession with intent to distribute OxyContin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute Methadone.
He received a 30-month prison term on a plea and was released from federal prison in August 2005. He was currently on a supervised release scheduled to expire on September 1, 2008.
Police are continuing the investigation and additional charges are pending.
Hazard Police Department K-9 Officer Mike Napier assisted with the arrest.
Turner was lodged in the Perry County Detention Center and federal officials notified for possible probation revocatio
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Suspects sought in pharmacy break-in 11-7-
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BEATTYVILLE – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who burglarized a Beattyville pharmacy early Thursday morning.
About 1:30 a.m. two men threw a large stone through a front plate glass window of the Stufflebean Pharmacy at 27 Railroad Street.
“They were in the store for approximately 17 seconds,” said Beattyville Police Chief Tim Chandler. “They grabbed what they were going after and took off.”
A surveillance camera shows the men were wearing camouflage jackets, brown hooded masks, jeans, gym shoes and white Jersey gloves, Chandler stated. They both appear to be in their 20s and are approximately 5’8”-5’9” tall.
Officials are not releasing the type of drugs taken during the break-in.
Beattyville Police are being assisted by detectives from Operation UNITE.
Anyone with information about the suspects can call 606-464-1104. Callers can remain anonymou
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326 pounds of marijuana seize
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MIDDLESBORO – Four Tennessee residents are in federal custody after law enforcement officers intercepted a large load of marijuana meant for Southeastern Kentucky.
A combined investigation by Operation UNITE detectives and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led to an arranged undercover delivery of processed marijuana at the Wal-Mart store in Middlesboro about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, October 26.
Assisting with the sting were officers from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Middlesboro Police Department and Kentucky State Police K-9 Unit.
“Law enforcement officers confiscated 96 pounds of marijuana in Middlesboro,” said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for UNITE. “Further investigation led to the discovery of an additional 230 pounds in a storage unit in Lafollette, Tennessee, early Friday morning.”
“This marijuana was ultimately meant for delivery to Harlan County,” Smoot noted. “Now it will be sent to the KSP Crime Lab in London for analysis.”
Four people were arrested by the DEA and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal Service. They were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
• Jason A. Alvezios, East Hemlock Street, Lafollette, Tennessee.
• Brandi Nicole Layne, age 24, Melvin Lane, Lafollette, Tennessee.
• Jordan R. Martin, Perkins Lane, Jacksboro, Tennessee.
• Tildem J. Crase, Straight Branch Road, Speedwell, Tennessee. He also maintains a residence in Letcher County.
All four individuals were lodged without bond. They were scheduled for an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Robert Weir in U.S. District Court in London on Friday afternoon.
During an initial appearance the suspects learn the charges, are advised of their rights, and are appointed an attorney if needed, according to the U.S. District Court Clerk. Dates may also be set for a detention hearing or preliminary hearing on the charge
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LAUREL COUNTY
Roy Wesley Higgins, age 30, Fall Street, London, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Turned himself in to police on Thursday, October 25. This makes 24 of the 34 suspects from this roundup (October 23) in custody.

ROWAN COUNTY
Jason Wright, age 27, McBryer Road, Clearfield, two counts manufacturing methamphetamine, one count first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), and two counts possession of methamphetamine precursors. Was arrested Wednesday, October 24. This makes 13 of the 16 UNITE suspects from this roundup (October 24) in custody. As of last count Morehead Police had arrested 8 of the 11 they were looking fo
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Drug investigation leads to 23 indictment
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BOONEVILLE – An undercover investigation by Operation UNITE into drug dealing in Owsley County resulted in 23 indictment warrants.
Law enforcement officers from several departments assisted in arresting the suspects during a drug round-up conducted Thursday, October 18.
Four of the suspects had been picked up by sheriff’s deputies prior to Thursday, and one suspect was already in jail in another county on unrelated charges.
“Quite a few of these individuals lived in the Lerose community,” noted Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE’s Kentucky River Drug Task Force. “There has been a lot of drug activity in that area. There were even several members of one family involved in peddling drugs.”
The most common drug uncovered during the nine-month investigation was OxyContin, with some Lortab, Luttrell said, adding that a quantity of OxyContin and cash was found at one residence following the serving of an indictment warrant.
Although several suspects live in either Breathitt or Lee counties, all the drug buys were made in Owsley County.
Assisting UNITE detectives with Thursday’s roundup were law enforcement officers from the Owsley County Sheriff’s Office, Booneville Police Department, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky State Police.
As of 1:30 p.m. police had arrested 19 of the 23 suspects. Those arrested and lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail were:
• Jamie Allen, age 29, Sealesville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Teresa Barrett, age 28, Applegate Road, Booneville, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Michelle Duff, age 32, Lerose, four counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Juanita Herald, age 51, Lerose, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
• Teresa Herald, age 35, Lerose, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Kenny Mauch, age 45, Butterpoint Road, Jackson (Breathitt County), two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Barry Mayes, age 35, Lerose, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
• David McIntosh, age 20, Lerose, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Herman McIntosh, age 51, Lerose, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count second-degree persistent felony offender.
• Gary Peters, age 54, Highway 28, Booneville, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Jesse Peters, age 31, Highway 30, Lerose, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
• John Peters, age 30, Highway 2024, Booneville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
• Tonya Peters, age 33, Highway 30, Lerose, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Angie Phillips, age 38, Sealesville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Micheal Riley, age 27, Chestnut Gap, Booneville, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
• Sonny Stepp, age 33, Main Street, Beattyville (Lee County), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Chasity Tirey, age 28, Lerose, theft by unlawful taking under $300.
• Irma Tirey, age 51, Highway 30, Lerose, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• William Triplett, age 50, Highway 11-South, Beattyville (Lee County), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.or
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Perry man charged with selling cocain
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HAZARD – An investigation into alleged cocaine sales resulted in the arrest of a Perry County man on Thursday, October 4.
Jeffrey B. Brashear, 46, was charged by Operation UNITE with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Using information obtained by an approximately six-month investigation, UNITE detectives obtained a search warrant for Brashear’s home on Meadowbrook Road in the Airport Gardens section of Perry County.
About 6 p.m., with assistance from the Hazard Police Department’s K-9 and patrol divisions, detectives served the warrant and recovered two bags containing approximately one-half ounce of suspected cocaine, digital scales and some cash.
Brashear, who has a prior federal conviction for drug trafficking, was lodged in the Perry County Detention Cente
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Convicted drug dealer sentenced for bail jumpin
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JACKSON – A Breathitt County man who failed to report to jail after having been convicted of drug trafficking charges will spend an extra seven years in prison.
James “Jimmy” Napier, age 30, of Jackson, was originally sentenced to eight years for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. During the sentencing hearing on May 6, 2005, former Circuit Judge Larry Miller released Napier from custody and gave him until May 13 to report to jail.
Acting upon a tip, a UNITE detective conducted an investigation and determined that Napier failed to report to jail, and instead had fled to Waco, Texas, Herald said.
Napier was subsequently captured in Knox, Indiana, and charged with first-degree bail jumping and second-degree persistent felony offender. He extradited back to Breathitt County and turned over to the Department of Corrections.
Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher followed the recommendation of Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald and sentenced Napier to seven years in jail, to run consecutive to the eight years he was originally ordered to serv
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Drug-dealing complaint leads to 2 arrest
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SALYERSVILLE – An investigation into possible drug-dealing from a local motel led to the arrests of two Magoffin County residents on Tuesday, October 2.
UNITE detectives arrested 27-year-old Ashley Minix and 25-year-old John C. Whitaker, both of Salyersville. Each was charged with one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
“We received a complaint from the Salyersville Police Department that these individuals were selling drugs from the Parkway Motel on Route 460,” said Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force.
“Our detectives, along with two officers from the Salyersville PD, went to the motel around 8:30 a.m. and spoke with the suspects,” Dalrymple continued. “They gave us permission to search the room and discovered two 80mg OxyContin tablets along with 58 Adipex tablets.”
Adipex is a stimulant similar to an amphetamine that is used as an appetite suppressant.
They were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Cente
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Three enter guilty pleas to drug traffickin
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JACKSON – Three people pled guilty to drug trafficking charges during court appearances in September.
A trial for 41-year-old Walter Turner of Williamstown (Grant County) began in Breathitt Circuit Court on Tuesday, September 25. Before the jury selection process was completed, however, his attorney notified UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald that he wanted to enter plead guilty to one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Turner was charged with selling one-half of an 80mg OxyContin tablet to an undercover UNITE detective.
Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald recommended that Turner receive a 10-year sentence, serving five with the remainder probated for five years. Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher set a sentencing hearing for October 19.
During a status hearing on September 21 in Lee Circuit Court, 26-year-old Jonathan Davis of Beattyville entered a guilty plea to trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school for selling one and a half Klonopin tablets near Beattyville Elementary on June 28, 2006.
Commonwealth Attorney Heather Combs recommended he serve two years in jail. Circuit Judge Thomas Jones set a sentencing hearing for October 23.
On September 6 in Wolfe Circuit Court, 61-year-old Brenda Kaye Banks pled guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Herald. Banks sold a Morphine pill to a cooperating witness and to an undercover police officer in March 2005.
Commonwealth Attorney Herald recommended five years on each count, with the sentences to run concurrent. Judge Fletcher set a sentencing hearing for November 8.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.or
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Lee/Owsley drug case
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Two people recently pled guilty to drug-trafficking charges, according to UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald.
On August 6 in Owsley Circuit Court, 22-year-old Brandon Herald entered a guilty plea to two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Commonwealth Attorney Heather Combs said Brandon Herald sold Methadone to a cooperating witness on February 23 and February 24, 2006. Combs recommended a five-year sentence for each count with the sentences to run concurrently.
A Circuit Judge Thomas P. Jones scheduled a sentencing hearing for October 1.
On August 17 in Lee Circuit Court, 47-year-old Russell Sparks Jr. entered a guilty plea to two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Herald.
Combs said Sparks sold Methadone to a cooperating witness on June 19, 2006, and Percocet to a cooperating witness on June 20, 2006. A 10-year sentence was recommended, with Sparks to serve five years and have the remainder probated for five years on each count.
Judge Jones scheduled a sentencing hearing for November 1
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Drug pleas, sentences in Breathitt Count
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The following are recent drug cases heard in Breathitt County Circuit Court by Judge Frank Allen Fletcher. UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald prosecuted the cases and Darrell Herald was the Commonwealth Attorney.
September 14
• Floyd Childers of Jackson pled guilty to second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On February 21, 2007, Childers sold two Lortab to a cooperating witness. The Commonwealth recommended a four-year sentence, with Childers serving one year and the remaining time probated for five years. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 19.
• Jeff Noble, age 27, of Vancleve, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On April 9, 2007, he sold three Morphine pills to an undercover police officer. The Commonwealth recommended a four-year sentence, with Noble serving one year and the remaining time probated for five years. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 19.
• Ruby Noble, age 51, of Vancleve, pled guilty to two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On October 11, 2006, and again on November 6, 2006, Noble sold an OxyContin pill to a cooperating witness. The Commonwealth recommended seven years to serve. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 19.
September 7
• Irvine Feltner of Jackson pled guilty to one count each of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On July 27, 2004, Feltner sold Lortab and OxyContin to a cooperating witness. OxyContin was again sold on August 5, 2004. The Commonwealth recommended five years, with Feltner serving four and the remaining time probated for five years. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 5.
• Maggie Noble, age 60, of Booneville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense. Noble sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on November 7, 2006. The Commonwealth recommended a 10-year sentence. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 5.
• Danny Brisley, also known as Danny Shear, of Jackson, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On October 17, 2006, Brisley sold four Percocets to a cooperating witness. The Commonwealth recommended a five-year sentence. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 21.
• Angie Mullins of Jackson was sentenced to seven years for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On May 26, 2005, Mullins sold two OxyContin pills to a cooperating witness and an undercover police officer.
• Carlis Wayne Hudson, age 31, of Jackson, was sentenced to seven years for each of two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Hudson sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on September 19, 2005, and on September 30, 2005. The sentences are to run concurrently.
• Rosetta Fraley, age 52, of Jackson, was sentenced to one and a half years for each of two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Fraley sold Lortab pills on June 24, 2005 and June 23, 2005. The sentences are to run concurrently.
• Clifton Gross, age 23, of Jackson, was sentenced to 5 years for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On October 5, 2004, Gross sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness. Gross will serve one year in jail with the remaining four years probated for five years.
August 30
• Angelee Cockerham, age 42, of Booneville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On December 12, 2006, Cockerham sold two OxyContin tablets to a cooperating witness. The Commonwealth recommended a six-year sentence. After her plea, federal authorities executed a seizure warrant issued from U.S. District Court on a $50,000 cash bond that Cockerham had posted in the case. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 21.
August 29
• Micky Clemons of Jackson pled guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance by having a small plastic bag of cocaine on February 6, 2004. A one-year sentence was recommended.
• Johnny Campbell, age 49, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense. Campbell sold two Methadone tablets on August 19, 2005. The Commonwealth recommended a 10-year sentence. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 21.
August 24
• Dorothy Thorpe, age 39, of Athol, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On June 3, 2005, Thorpe possessed Methadone tablets with the intent to sell and on August 8, 2006, sold Oxycontin to a cooperating witness. The Commonwealth recommended a five-year sentence on each count to run concurrently. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 21.
• Maxine Hudson, age 53, of Jackson, was sentenced to five years for one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Hudson sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on September 13, 2005.
• Rober Allen, age 36, of Jackson, was sentenced to four years for two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school. On April 17, 2006, he sold five marijuana cigarettes to a cooperating witness within 1,000 yards of Breathitt County High School. He sold five more marijuana cigarettes on February 9. Allen will serve one year with the remaining three years probated for five years.
• Shawn Griffith, age 24, of Altro, was sentenced to five years on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Griffith sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on June 6, 2006, and again on June 14, 2006. The sentences will run concurrentl
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Wolfe drug investigation leads to 14 indictment
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CAMPTON – Fourteen suspected drug dealers from three Eastern Kentucky counties were targeted for arrest Tuesday, September 11.
The roundup operation followed a six-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE. All of the drug purchases occurred in Wolfe County.
“We purchased marijuana and cocaine -- and everything in between,” said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE’s Kentucky River Drug Task Force.
Law enforcement officials began picking up suspect about 8 a.m. After being processed at the Campton Fire Department those arrested were lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.
Participating in the roundup along with UNITE were members of the Wolfe County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and Kentucky State Police Morehead Post.
This was the fourth time UNITE has staged a roundup in Wolfe County.
“You may not always see us, but our detectives are actively working to rid Wolfe County of these dealers,” Luttrell said. “One way citizens can help is by anonymously reporting suspected drug activity by calling our toll-free tipline at 1-866-424-4382.”
as of 11 a.m. police had served warrants on the following individuals:
• Frankie Garnett Jr., age 26, Highway 1010 (Johnson Fork), Campton, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• James Ratliff, age 27, Taylor King Road (Rocky Branch), Campton, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
• Ryan Roberts, age 22, Highway 746, Campton, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Police found a small quantity on Roberts at the time of his arrest and added a possession of marijuana charge.
• Chris Settles, age 27, Big Andy Ridge, Rogers, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.or
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UNITE Clubs, Counselors honored for effor
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PRESTONSBURG – Regional winners for the elementary, middle and high school UNITE Club of the Year and UNITE substance abuse counselor of the year awards, were recognized Thursday, August 30, during a “Uniting To Serve” youth summit held at The Mountain Arts Center.
“Here in Eastern Kentucky, we’ve had hundreds of people lose their lives to drug abuse because they made poor choices,” Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers told more than 900 youth and adult sponsors from 51 schools in 13 counties attending Thursday’s awards presentation. “Your work is important because you can influence your friends and family to make good choices and to believe in themselves.”
Regional UNITE Club winners were from Estill Springs Elementary in Estill County, Clearfield Elementary in Rowan County, Paintsville Elementary from Johnson County, Rowan County Middle, Roy G. Eversole Middle in Hazard, Whitesburg Middle in Letcher County, and Shelby Valley High School of Pike County
Regional substance abuse counselor winners were Tara Robinson from Pike County, Cindy Kerns from Rowan County, and Mary Bruce Mosley from Harlan County.
UNITE’s 35 substance abuse counselors “serve on the front lines” to ensure early intervention for those who are, or will, experience substance abuse problems, Rogers noted.
Helping present the awards was Rogers’ wife Cynthia.
“It is never too early to learn about the terrible toll drugs take on families and communities,” said Mrs. Rogers. If each of you is able to reach just one friend about the dangers of drugs, then your time has been well spent.”
“You are our future leaders for the great commonwealth of Kentucky,” she told the students. “The projects you do today will have an impact in preparing for the drug-free generation we intend to have years from now.”
Each of these clubs and counselors, along with regional winners announced during a second youth summit in Somerset August 29, are eligible for Club of the Year honors at the UNITE Education Conference scheduled for Friday, November 9, in Pikeville.
During the 2006-07 school year there were 98 registered UNITE Clubs with more than 5,300 youth members in the 29-county Fifth Congressional District.
“Make no mistake, you are all leaders and I commend you for your courage and commitment,” Rogers said. “You have a tremendous job in front of you to change how your community views drug abuse. But, if anyone’s up to the challenge, you are.”
The youth summits were designed to motivate elementary, middle and high school students to become leaders in their schools and communities, said Karen Engle, UNITE president and CEO. “We want to equip youth leaders with the skills and knowledge to enhance existing anti-drug programs and provide them networking opportunities for the sharing of ideas.”
Morning workshops included inspirational anti-drug presentations by South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block and the Somerset-based band Live Fish. These sessions let students know they were not alone when faced with situations involving drugs and alcohol, whether at school or at home.
Luncheon keynote speaker Ty Sells, is a certified prevention specialist with Youth to Youth International in Columbus, Ohio.
Sells, who has been involved with youth for the past 27 years, presented a comical discussion called “The Power of Acceptance.” He challenged students to examine the way they treat others who are “different” and explored the consequences of making decisions based upon what is “cool” for today.
Schools attending the Prestonsburg Youth Summit, by county, were:
Breathitt – Breathitt County High; Estill – Estill County High, Estill County Middle, Estill Springs Elementary, West Irvine Elementary; Floyd – Allen Central High, Allen Central Middle, Betsy Layne Elementary, Betsy Lane High, Duff Elementary, Mays Valley Elementary, Stumbo Elementary; Harlan – Cumberland Elementary, Evarts High, James A. Cawood High; Johnson – Paintsville Elementary; Knott – Beaver Creek Elementary, Carr Creek Elementary, Hindman Elementary, Knott County High; Leslie – Hayes Lewis Elementary, Hyden Elementary, Leslie County High, Leslie County Middle, Stinnett Elementary; Letcher – Fleming Neon Elementary, Martha J. Potter School, Whitesburg Middle; Magoffin – John T. Arnett Elementary; Perry – Buckhorn School, Robinson Elementary, Roy G. Eversole Elementary; Pike – Belfry High, Belfry Middle, Dorton Junior High, East Ridge High, Elkhorn City Elementary, Feds Creek Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Kimper Elementary, Majestic Elementary, Mullins Elementary, Phelps Elementary, Phelps High, Pike County Central High, Shelby Valley High; Rowan – Clearfield Elementary, Rowan County Middle, Virgie Middle; and Wolfe – Rogers Elementary, Wolfe County Hig
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Meth investigation leads to six arrest
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LONDON – A suspected methamphetamine operation in northeastern Laurel County was broken up Thursday, September 6, following a lengthy investigation by law enforcement officials.
Detectives from Operation UNITE along with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and London Police Department served a search warrant at a Taylor School Road residence in the McWhorter community after an undercover operation that extends to late 2006.
UNITE arrested 33-year-old Doyle Ray Carter, his mother, 55-year-old Patricia S. Gregory, and 28-year-old Davan Rena Melton of Old Salem Road, London, on charges of manufacturing methamphamine.
A fourth person at the home during the search was not arrested.
While police were on the scene, several people arrived at the house either bringing components needed to manufacture meth or wishing to purchase the drug, said Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE’s Drug Task Force. Three of those individuals were also arrested.
• Travis Hundley, age 33, of Highway 638, London, one count each first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of marijuana under 8 ounces.
• Tony Harrison, age not available, of Highway 490, East Bernstadt, first-degree solicitation to traffic in a controlled substance.
• Heather Jackson, age 28, of Wildwood Apartment Drive, London, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (Hydrocodone).
All subjects were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
During a search of the home police discovered a variety of items and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, including crushed and whole pseudoephedrine, a small quantity of finished methamphetamine, and coffee filters with residue from the manufacturing process.
“Fortunately there were no active reactions at the time,” Cunigan said. “This was not an active meth lab at the time of our search.”
Cunigan praised the cooperation of the county sheriff’s office and city police department. “They were a vital part of our investigation,” he said.
Also helpful in developing the case was information obtained from the MethCheck program, which uses an electronic database to monitor sales of pseudoephedrine in an attempt to curtail local methamphetamine production.
A pilot program launched in Laurel County in November 2005, between the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and Operation UNITE, confirmed the success of MethCheck. Within a 12-month period, 16 meth labs were busted, 28 people charged with meth-related offenses and 54 were under investigation as of mid-July.
“Our detectives immediately realized the potential of this real-time electronic reporting program. The process to manually check pharmaceutical logs took days. Identifying purchasing trends by individuals could take weeks or even months. MethCheck allows us to do these investigations in a matter of minutes,” stated Karen Engle, president/CEO of Operation UNITE. “The results over the past year and a half have exceeded initial expectations.”
MethCheck was created and provided by Appriss Inc., a Louisville-based provider of government technology services. The company’s flagship product, VINE, Victim Information and Notification Everyday, was launched in Kentucky and currently serves in 41 states.
“Laurel County is part of a pioneering effort, where some of the first meth labs in the nation have been busted based on data from MethCheck,” said Mike Davis, president of Appriss. “We’re excited about partnering with law enforcement officials and pharmacies in Kentucky to make a significant contribution to the health and safety of local residents.”
The cost of MethCheck to equip all 1,290 Kentucky pharmacies with the high-speed Internet system is approximately $360,000. MethCheck is expected to be operating statewide by the end of the yea
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Meth lab found at Big Creek hom
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MANCHESTER – One person was arrested after detectives from Operation UNITE located a methamphetamine lab at a home in the Big Creek community of Clay County.
Police charged 31-year-old Sherrie Renee Minton with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
Minton was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.
Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE’s Cumberland Drug Task Force, said an arrest warrant for an additional suspect would be obtained in the next few days.
At about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, UNITE detectives went to Minton’s home on South Highway 66 to conduct an interview about excessive purchases of Sudafed from different pharmacies in several counties.
After speaking with Minton, officers obtained consent to search the home and found a quantity of OxyContin and drug paraphernalia.
Based upon this discovery, a search warrant was obtained for the property. During the subsequent search detectives found a methamphetamine lab and several items used to manufacture methamphetamine in an out-building located next to the residence. Also found were quantities of methamphetamine, OxyContin, Hydrocodone and marijuana.
UNITE was assisted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police.
Police called the Department of Families and Children to take custody of two young children who were at home during the search.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.or
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7 people sentenced in Breathitt drug case
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JACKSON – Seven people learned how long they will spend in jail for drug-related offences during hearings held in Breathitt Circuit Court.
Commonwealth Attorney Darrell A. Herald said the cases were heard during motion hours before Circuit Court Judge Frank Allen Fletcher on Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 20.
• Richard Neil Deaton, age 26, of Jackson, was sentenced to a total of 15 years for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald said Deaton sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness in January and February 2007. Deaton will serve seven years in jail, with the remaining sentence probated for five years.
• Gregory David Haddix, age 34, of Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years each for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender. Herald said Haddix sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness on two occasions in June 2005. These sentences are to run concurrently, but consecutively to an unrelated seven-year sentence he received in Fayette Circuit Court.
• Elaine Hudson, age 54, of Haddix, was sentenced to five years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Hudson sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness in September 2005.
• Troy Neace, age 41, of Whick, was sentenced to 10 years each for three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and five years for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Whick sold OxyContin and Lortab to a cooperating witness in October 2004. He later sold more OxyContin in November 2004, and Methadone in May 2006. The sentences are to run concurrently.
• Priscella Prater, age 26, of Jackson, was sentenced to 15 years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. Herald said Jackson sold OxyContin to a cooperating witness in December 2004. She will serve five years in jail with the remaining sentence probated for five years.
• Amy Smith, age 24, of Jackson, was sentenced to five years for one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Herald said Smith sold OxyContin to an undercover police officer in October 2004.
• Roy Thorpe Jr., age 47, of Athol (Lee County), was sentenced to seven years in jail. Herald said Thorpe aided Angie Mullins in selling OxyContin in June 2005 and August 2006. At the time he was in possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, trafficked in alcoholic beverages in a dry territory, and possessed marijuana. Judge Fletcher ordered that $29,114 in cash confiscated by the UNITE Drug Task Force be forfeite
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Meth lab found near schoo
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MOREHEAD – A recently used methamphetamine lab was discovered in a residence near Clearfield Elementary School on Monday, July 9.
This was the fourth lab discovered in Rowan County in as many months, and the second in the Clearfield community.
“The residence was about 200 to 300 feet from Clearfield Elementary School,” noted Iain Dalrymple, manager of Operation UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received information about 6 p.m. Monday about the possible drug operation at a trailer on Partin Street and contacted UNITE detectives. Further investigation provided enough information for a search warrant.
“This was a complete lab,” Dalrymple said. “While it was not active, all the elements were present and there was evidence that it had recently been used to produce methamphetamine.”
Law enforcement officials want to interview the person who had been renting the mobile home. Police are not releasing his name at this time.
“Our preliminary investigation shows that children had been staying at the residence,” Dalrymple said. “At this time we don’t know if they were present while the meth was being produced or if they were exposed to the chemicals.”
Assisting UNITE in cleaning up the site were members of the Morehead Police Department, Morehead Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and District 8 Haz-Mat Team.
On March 29, nearly 200 homes in the Clearfield community were evacuated after an active methamphetamine lab was discovered in a mobile home park. The following day an inactive lab was located on Rose Road in the Dry Creek Community.
Then, on April 30, a hunter discovered a complete lab capable of producing quite a bit of methamphetamine in the middle of a somewhat secluded camping site near Cave Run Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
UNITE detectives said the latest lab may be connected to the two labs found in March.

Three charged with manufacturing met
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LONDON – Three people on a shopping spree for chemicals used to make methamphetamine were arrested Friday, July 6.
Each was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine under a 2005 state statute requiring the presence of only two or more chemicals or pieces of equipment if it can be shown there is intent to produce methamphetamine.
Arrested and lodged at the Laurel County Detention Center were 37-year-old Albert Abner Jr. and 32-year-old Lucy Cotton, both of Bert Allen Road, London, and 22-year-old Michael Sultz of Camden Street, Ferndale, Michigan.
An Operation UNITE detective had received a tip that the trio may be purchasing medications containing pseudoephedrine, and contacted the London Police Department for assistance in locating their vehicle.
About 8 p.m. London Sgt. Matt Moore and Officer Eric Wilkerson stopped the suspects’ silver PT Cruiser on North Main Street.
The driver, Abner, consented to a search of the car where police located approximately 10 grams of pseudoephedrine-containing medications, lithium batteries, Liquid Fire (which contains sulfuric acid), and sodium hydroxide (household lye).
Senate Bill 63, passed by the 2005 Kentucky General Assembly, limits the amount of packages of products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine in tablet, caplet or powder form to no more than 9 grams in a 30-day period.
Both Abner and Cotton had already been under investigation by UNITE for violating the 9-gram limit.