CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Four arrested for drug trafficking near high school
Four people were arrested for drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of South Laurel High School, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back, along with Deputy James Sizemore, arrested four individuals Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m., after they conducted an investigation into drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of South Laurel High School. A search warrant was executed at two locations, according to the sheriff’s report.
At the first location on Apartment Complex Road in London, Joshua L. Hess, 27, of London, was arrested following a drug investigation where marijuana was being sold within 1,000 feet of a school.
Hess was charged with trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces, first offense, and trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
Also arrested at this location was Clayton Blanton, 29, of London. Blanton was charged with trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces, first offense, and trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
At about the same time, sheriff’s office detectives and deputies arrested two other individuals on Finley Trailer Park Road, one mile south of London.
Jerry A. Russell, 23, of London, and Michelle Russell, 28, of London, were both charged with trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces, first offense.
All four individuals were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Assisting on the arrests were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Tyler Morris and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. Deputies seized bags of marijuana, pipes, needles, scales, U.S. currency, and drug paraphernalia.
The investigation is continuing by Detective Jason Back and Deputy James Sizemore. A fifth person was interviewed in this investigation, and additional arrests are expected, according to the sheriff.
London man charged with assault
A London man was charged with assault after he struck his father, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott, along with Deputy Tyler Morris, were dispatched to a complaint that a man had assaulted his father and violated an emergency protective order on BW Lane Wednesday evening around 5:45 p.m., according to the arrest report.
When deputies arrived at the residence, they learned that Jonathon S. Wagers, 32, of London, had allegedly violated an EPO to stay away from his mother, and that he had struck his father in the head with his fists.
The investigation determined that he was intoxicated on pills too, according to the sheriff’s report.
Wagers was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, violation of a Kentucky EPO and public intoxication on a controlled substance.
He was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.