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August 26, 2008

Knox drug roundup

Police, UNITE seek out 23 people on indictment warrants as part of Knox County drug roundup

By Samantha Swindler / Managing Editor

A teacher at Knox Central High School was among those arrested Monday morning during an Operation UNITE roundup seeking 23 people on indictment warrants.

Jeremy Smith, 29, of Wendall Lane in Barbourville, had been indicted by the Knox County grand jury on Friday for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He is a science teacher at Knox Central High School in Barbourville.

According to police, UNITE conducted an undercover drug buy from Jeremy Smith on Feb. 26. He allegedly sold one OxyContin tablet for $50 from his vehicle in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Barbourville.

“He has been suspended with pay pending the results of the investigation,” said David Cole, spokesperson for the school district. He said the district knew nothing about UNITE’s case against Smith until the indictments were released Friday afternoon.

The arrest was part of a five-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE officers into illegal drug trafficking in Knox County. Most of the cases involved the illegal sale of hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, officials said.

Assisting with Monday’s roundup were officers from the Barbourville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

In addition to Jeremy Smith, those who have been arrested in connection with the investigation through Monday afternoon include:

• Sonny Brock, 72, Yellow Pine Road, Flat Lick, three counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and two counts third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (alprazolum)

• Mike Carr, 39, Brian Drive, Corbin, three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone, methadone), possession of drug paraphernalia

• Emmanuel Lee Collins, 30, Coal Port Road, Artemus, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone) and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (hydrocodone)

• Stacey Cox, 43, Geneva Lane Drive, Artemus, three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance

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