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October 28, 2013

25 arrested in roundup

More drug arrests could be coming

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

A year’s worth of hard work and undercover investigations paid off Thursday for Corbin Police when 25 accused drug dealers were rounded up, arrested and taken to jail.

A total of 40 warrants were issued for people involved in selling and trafficking of drugs, as well as firearms.

Officials said the roundup began about 8:30 a.m. and continued into the afternoon. Those rounded up included several who police said were large volume drug sellers in Corbin, as well as some who were caught selling for the first time.

Those working in the investigation said the roundup sent a stinging message to those who desire to sell illegal drugs in the city.

“We hope this will put a dent in the drug problem here in Corbin,” said Maj. Rob Jones, Public Affairs Officer of the Corbin Police Department.

Investigators went undercover during the past two-to-three months to make drug buys off the dealers, which involved a variety of illegal pills, as well as methamphetamine and marijuana.

Lt. Glenn Taylor said the department spent “over thousands of dollars” for he and Capt. Coy Wilson to make the undercover buys, which set the table for Thursday’s drug roundup.

The 25 arrested Thursday were:

—Betty Lou Freeman, 70, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, second offense; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense; first-degree possession of controlled substances; second degree possession of controlled substances; third-degree possession of controlled substances; and possession of marijuana.       

—Danielle Annamaria Asher, 30, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Robert “Scottie” Herren, 33, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Laura Grace Tucker, 53, of Corbin. Charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Carlee R. Rutherford, 41, of Corbin. Charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and second-degree conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances. She also has a bench warrant out for failure to appear in court on traffic charges.

—Carie Ann Cox, 23, of Corbin. Charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Walter Sloan, 58, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and trafficking in controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school.

—Heather Elliott, 32, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree possession of controlled substances, first offense; first-degree possession of controlled substances (methamphetamine); third-degree possession of controlled substances, and possession of marijuana.

—Robert Schipler, 29, of Gray. Charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance; and possession of a concealed weapon.

—James Otis Harp, 55, of Corbin. Charged with third-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Jenia Dale Murray, 39, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Verna V. Rose, 29, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Nicole Adams, 30, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree possession of controlled substances, first offense.

—Dennis Ray Baldridge, 39, of Woodbine. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; third-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; first-degree possession of controlled substances, first offense; second-degree possession of controlled substances, first offense (Amphetamine); and third-degree possession of controlled substances, first offense. He also has a bench warrant out for contempt of court (non-payment of fines).

—William T. Land, 23, of Corbin. Charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Traci Elaine Harp, 39, of Corbin. Charged with third-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Derek Shelley, 25, of Corbin. Charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense. He also has two bench warrants out for non-payment of fines.

—Christina Elaine Kirk, 50, of Corbin. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Bertha B. Canady, 54, of Rockholds. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Ronnie White, 29, of Corbin. Charged with two separate counts of trafficking in marijuana, second offense; cultivating in marijuana (five plants), first offense, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He also has a bench warrant out for failure to appear in court.

—Charles Mobley, 39, of Corbin. Charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense.

—Jack Rutherford, 48, of Corbin. Charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and second-degree conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances.

—Heather Hensley, 32, of Woodbine. Charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substances; second-degree trafficking in controlled substances; and third-degree trafficking in controlled substances.

—Brenda Kay Smith, 69, of Corbin. Charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; and second-degree conspiracy to trafficking in controlled substances.

—Anthony Kieth Garrett, 32, of Paducah. Charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; first-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; third-degree trafficking in controlled substances, first offense; trafficking in marijuana, first offense; and two counts of failing to appear in court.

Those jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center in Williamsburg included Freeman, Sloan, James Harp, Murray, Rose, Adams, Baldridge, Land, Tracy Harp, Shelley, Canady, White and Garrett.

Those jailed at the Knox County Detention Center in Barbourville included Asher, Herren, Tucker, Carlee Rutherford, Cox, Kirk, Jack Rutherford and Smith.

Two areas targeted during the drug roundup were two homes on Gordon Hill Pike.

Police pointed out Freeman’s arrest came but not before they could catch up with her as she made her way to the bathroom.

“We chased her down the hall. She had five pill bottles full and was going to flush them down the toilet. That’s 375 pills. That’s when we caught her. Several guns were also found hat her house,” Jones said.

Also confiscated were some marijuana plants that were growing at White’s home, also on Gordon Hill Pike. Capt. Wilson showed the plants to the media Thursday, which were being stored at the police station for evidence.

As of Thursday night, police said 10 people remain at large with arrest warrants. Jones noted that more arrests would be coming, and that the investigation was an ongoing one.

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