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July 8, 2013

More than 20 arrested in Roundup

‘Independence from Drug Dealers’ involves 4 teams of Laurel deputies

CORBIN —

Times-Tribune Staff Report

More than 20 people from London, Corbin and East Bernstadt were arrested in an early morning drug roundup Thursday in Laurel County, according to Sheriff John Root.

The operation, tagged “Independence from Drug Dealers,” started at 5 a.m. and involved four teams of deputies as well as the department’s Special Response Unit, commanded by Capt. Rodney Van Zant.

Other agencies involved were the London Police, Willamsburg Police, including their K-9, Kentucky State Police and Constable Charlie Johnson.

Officers were armed with arrest warrants for suspects named following undercover investigations by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back and Deputy James Sizemore.

There were 23 people arrested on drug-related charges as well as two others who were arrested for outstanding warrants.

Those arrested and their charges were:

—Robert McWhorter, 31, of East Bernstadt, trafficking marijuana

—Douglas D. Hacker, 22, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest

—Jimmy Scalf, 40, of East Bernstadt, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender

—Elisha Carpenter, 35, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender

—James Messer, 34, of London, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—Amy Johnson, 28, of Corbin, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense)

—Roxie Chesnut, 51, of Corbin, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and endangering the welfare of a minor

—Sherry Clark, 51, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—Barbara Maggard, 51, of East Bernstadt, charged with trafficking marijuana, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—Charlotte Gibson, 35, of Corbin, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and endangering the welfare of a minor

—Kenneth Maggard, 29, of East Bernstadt, charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking marijuana

—Kevin Brian Lay, 33, of Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and endangering the welfare of a minor

—Shane Henson, 32, of London, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—James J. Root, 28, of London, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor

—Tabitha L. Carney, 31, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—Wendall Helton, 40, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense) and first-degree persistent felony offender  

—Eric Carney, 30, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and  first-degree persistent felony offender

—John Doneghey, 54, of London, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance  and first-degree persistent felony offender

—Nicholas Cole, 33, of London, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense)

—Kristy Johnson, 29, of London, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and resisting arrest

—Estill Harris, 50, of London, trafficking marijuana

—Tina Duran, 46, of London, second- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offenses)

—Aaron Simpson, 53, of London, possession of marijuana

Those arrested on outstanding warrants were Travis Hundley, 38, and William J. Malicoat, 31, of London.

More suspects are being sought by Root’s office.

Also assisting with the roundup were Laurel County Sheriff’s bailiffs, who helped transport suspects, as well as deputy jailers at the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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