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January 24, 2013

Indictments handed out to 10 arrested in ‘Operation Christmas Spirit’ drug roundup


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Ten people arrested during the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s December drug roundup called “Operation Christmas Spirit” received their indictments in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday.

All those indicted remain innocent until proven guilty in court.

Dewey Canada, 60, of Williamsburg, was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance when he allegedly sold four hydrocodone pills for $40 on Aug. 14.

Jackie Haynes, 49, of Williamsburg, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after reportedly selling one methadone for $10 to a confidential informant on May 11.

Phillip Huddleston, 32, of Williamsburg, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling an Oxycodone to a confidential informant for $12 on Aug. 22.

Billy Jones, 37, of Williamsburg, was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after reportedly selling three hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant for $25 on April 2.

Brandon McCullah, 28, of Corbin, was wanted by the sheriff’s department as part of its roundup, but was not arrested that day. He turned himself in to deputies four days after the roundup. He was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling a Suboxone strip to a confidential informant for $25 on Sept. 7.

Jamie McKiney, 36, of Williamsburg, was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling half of a Suboxone strip to a confidential informant for $8 on Sept. 21.

Carol Miracle, 61, of Corbin, was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling four hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant for $40 on Sept. 10.

Linda Partin, 46, of Williamsburg, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling one Oxycodone pill to a confidential informant for $45 on Sept. 17.

James Roberts, 32, was another suspect wanted by the sheriff’s department but was not arrested during the roundup. He was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling one hydrocodone pill to a confidential informant for $10 on Aug. 14.

Ericka Smith, 24, of Emlyn, was indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling one Suboxone strip to a confidential informant for $20 on May 11.

“We have been investigating (these suspects) for several months,” Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said. “Most of these investigations began through a complaint made from the public.”

He said the roundup was a “coordinated effort” between the three agencies, and constables Lonnie Foley and Andy Moses were on their first roundup.

He explained that suspects rounded up were all shown on video or heard through audio during undercover drug buys.

Others indicted in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday and their charges are:

— Richard Aaron Bush, 24, of Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after reportedly selling a confidential informant two pieces of LSD for $40 on Sept. 2.

— Robert Brandon Bunch, 26, of Corbin, first-degree possession of a controlled substance after Corbin Police Officer Jeff Hill discovered Bunch was holding seven Oxycodone pills on Nov. 9.

— James Eugene Moses, 55, of Williamsburg, cultivating more than five marijuana plants after allegedly knowingly growing 15 plants on or around Aug. 3.

— Kristina Ballou, 32, of Williamsburg, indicted for program assistance fraud. The indictment states that from March 4, 2008, through Oct. 29, 2010, Ballou allegedly knowingly failed “to disclose a material fact in determining her qualifications to receive child care benefits.” She received nearly $56,000 in benefits during that time.

— George Dillman, 46, of Somerset, was handed a three-count indictment. The first count charges him with first-degree possession of a controlled substance after being found with a quantity of methamphetamine by Corbin Police Officer Gerald Michael Bisschop. The second count charges second-degree possession of a controlled substance when he was also found to be in possession of one hydrocodone pill. The third count charges possession of drug paraphernalia by having scales and pipe cleaner. All three counts were incurred Oct. 21.

— William Parrish, 37, of Williamsburg, was handed a four-count indictment Tuesday. The first count charges him with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor after images were allegedly discovered on his computer Sept. 13. The remaining three counts occurred on March 6, 7 and 8, and are separate counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor “by having knowledge of the content or character of the images possessed with the intent to distribute, exhibit for profit or gain” the aforementioned images.

— Jack Hardigree, 39, of Williamsburg, was handed down a four-count indictment. All four counts involve offenses which allegedly happened March 25. Each count charges Hardigree with first-degree sexual abuse; one count involves a minor under age 16, the other three counts involve a minor under age 12.