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UNITE targets 22 dealers in drug investigation 7-31-07
JACKSON ­ An investigation by Operation UNITE into drug dealing in Breathitt
County has resulted in indictment warrants for 22 individuals.
On Tuesday, July 31, police conducted a roundup to arrest these individuals.
As of noon 10 suspects had been located and $1,460 in cash confiscated from
one of the homes.
In addition, two of those identified as part of the investigation were
previously charged and have since pled guilty.
Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE’s Kentucky River Drug Task Force, explained
that 26-year-old Richard Neil Deaton and 34-year-old Sean Griffith, both of
Jackson, were already in jail when Circuit Judge Frank Fletcher noticed
their names on the indictment list. Instead of waiting for the roundup, both
men were arrested.
UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald said Deaton sold OxyContin to a cooperating
witness in January and February 2007. He subsequently pled guilty and was
sentenced to a total of 15 years in jail for two counts of trafficking in a
controlled substance.
Griffith, of Highway 1110, pled guilty to one count of first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin) on Wednesday, July 25,
Herald said. A five-year sentence will be recommended when he appears for
formal sentencing.
The undercover investigation began around the first part of 2007 and
primarily involved the sale of OxyContin and Lortab pills, Luttrell said.
Assisting with Tuesday’s roundup were members of the Jackson Police
Department and Kentucky State Police.

Arrested during the roundup and lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail
were:
• Daniel Robert Brisley, age 37, Old Buck Road, Jackson, one count
first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Angelee Cockerham, age 42, Highway 28, Jackson, one count first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Wanda Combs, age 42, Airplane Hollow, Jackson, one count first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Zechariah Gross, age 22, Old Buck Road, Jackson, one count first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Grover Napier, age 38, Old Buck Road, Jackson, two counts second-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jeff Noble, age 27, Highway 205, Jackson, one count first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Maggie Noble, age 60, junction of Highway 28 and Highway 315, Jackson, one
count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Ruby Noble, age 51, Highway 205, Jackson, two counts first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Johnny Turner, age 40, Elliot Turner Drive, Jackson, three counts
first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Ritchie Whitley, age 30, Lick Branch Talbert Road, Jackson, one count
first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count
second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at
www.operationunite.org .

**UPDATE**
Four more charged in Breathitt drug roundup 8-2-07
JACKSON – Four more individuals have been arrested as part of a drug roundup in Breathitt County conducted by Operation UNITE on Tuesday, July 31.
As of Wednesday evening, 16 of the 22 people sought on drug-dealing charges have been arrested.
Those arrested following the initial morning sweep by UNITE detectives, officers from the Jackson Police Department and troopers from the Kentucky State Police were:

• Floyd Childers, age 26, of Burcham Fork off KY 52, Jackson, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jennifer Damron, age 23, Lockard Hollow off KY 52, Jackson, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Sonya Deaton, age 26, of Canoe Road, Jackson, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana.

• Dexter Howard, age 72, of Beech Grove Road, Jackson, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The suspects were lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail.
The undercover investigation began around the first part of 2007 and primarily involved the sale of OxyContin and Lortab pills.
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9-6-06  20 sought on drug trafficking charges
JACKSON-  Twenty  people are sought on drug charges stemming from a two-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE.   

Detectives from UNITE , officers from the Jackson Police Department, the Breathitt County Sheriff’s Department, as well as trooper’s from Kentucky State Police post 13, in Hazard.  All of these officers gathered at the Jackson Fire Department, early Wednesday, September 6th.  Their main objective was to attempt to locate 20 Breathitt County residents that Operation UNITE was seeking on drug-related charges.   

Once the suspects were located, they were brought back to the Jackson Fire Department for processing by the UNITE detectives. 

Most of these drug charges resulted from several undercover drug buys of OxyContin, marijuana, and Methadone. 

Those arrested were all lodged in the Perry County Detention Center.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday police had located 13 of the suspects.

* Roger Allen, age35, Jackson, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 yards of a school.  

* Helen Griffith, age 56, Altro, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin).

* Sean Griffith, age 33, Altro, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Kimberly Hollan, age 37, Kings Branch, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Kenneth Hurt, age 36, Southfork, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Leslie Joseph, age 26, Lost Creek, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Jennifer Neace, age 29, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Roy Noble, age 59, Barwick, charged conspiracy to commit first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Wilgus Noble, age 47, War Creek, charged with trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces (2 counts). 

* Burnam Spencer, age 56, Quicksand, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin).

* Shirley Spencer, age 52, Quicksand, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin). 

* Paul D. Spicer, age 22, Southfork, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Methadone). 

* Roy Thorpe II, age 18, Athol, charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (OxyContin).

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