, Corbin, KY

Local News

May 8, 2013

Seven wanted for drug trafficking

Eighth suspect arrested Tuesday

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

While the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department arrested 49 alleged drug traffickers during roundups since December, deputies were unable to cross all those wanted off their list.

According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, the department has warrants issued for seven people.

An eighth person wanted was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Harrell said deputies continue to seek the following suspects, who all face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance:

— Kristy L. Baker, 35;

— James D. Bell, 43;

— Kathy Fuentez, 55;

— Perfecto or Jeronimo Fuentez, 55;

— Rodney Fuson, 45;

— Tessia E. Hopkins, 37; and

— Matthew D. Johnson, 38.

The eighth person the department sought was 23-year-old Felisha M. Peace.

According to Harrell, Deputy Shawn Jackson received information while off-duty concerning Peace.

Harrell explained that Jackson pursued the tip, which led him to a residence on Ward Cemetery Road.

She was arrested at the residence and was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Harrell has said after previous roundups that these suspects are arrested once deputies have video and/or audio evidence of a “drug buy.”

He explained the department uses “confidential informants,” who make the buys until they cannot purchase anymore.

“Then we shut them down,” Harrell said.

Harrell hopes the seven remaining suspects will turn themselves in, and are asked to do so by contacting the department at 606- 549-6006, or to simply go by the office in the Whitley County Courthouse in Williamsburg. He added for those calling the department, they should ask for Harrell or Detective Sgt. Tim Baker.

Harrell reminded citizens it is a crime to knowingly help someone who is wanted buy law enforcement.

The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information about these suspects to contact the sheriff’s department during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, at 606-549-6006, or to call Whitley County E911 at 606-549-6017 and ask to speak to a deputy.

No citizen should attempt to apprehend or detain any of these persons.

Text Only
Local News
  • 10 arrested for drugs after investigation

    Ten people were arrested Thursday following a three-month investigation of illegal drug activity, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 —  London Public Affairs Officer Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jury trial May 14 for man in murder case

    A man facing murder charges after the December 2012 beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police Roundup - April 18, 2014

    Two parents were charged with child endangerment early Thursday after they walked to Wal-Mart in North Corbin with a toddler, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    April 18, 2014

  • Council members approve budget amendment

    Barbourville City Council members held the second reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Thursday — with no one there to hear it.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Tourism Commission budget approved

    The 2014-2015 budget for the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission was approved at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Co-Director Kim Collier.

    April 18, 2014

  • London-Laurel Chamber holds monthly meeting

    The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative Community Room.

    April 18, 2014

  • Budget amendment gets first read

    Barbourville City Council members held the first reading of a budget amendment during a special-called meeting Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Community garden meeting coming April 25

    Some folks in Knox County are looking at bringing some green space to Barbourville, and they need some help. But first, they’ll have an informational meeting on the community garden project next Friday, April 25.

    April 17, 2014

  • Crash on Wyan Road seriously injures two

    Two men remain in a Lexington hospital with serious injuries Wednesday, after they were involved in a one-car crash west of London Tuesday evening.

    April 17, 2014

  • Public meeting at Goldbug Vol. Fire and Rescue Dept.

    A public meeting is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, located at 869 Highway 26, Williamsburg.

    April 17, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter