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May 14, 2014

15 arrested in drug roundup

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Fifteen people “struck out” Tuesday once they were arrested during the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office’s latest drug roundup, named Operation Strike Out.

Sheriff Colan Harrell said his office had 31 arrest warrants ready for the roundup Tuesday — and they got some help from officers with the Williamsburg Police Department and troopers with the Kentucky State Police.

He said all those arrested allegedly sold prescription medication to confidential informants.

“That is the drug of choice in Whitley County,” Harrell said.

The sheriff added that when operating under the drug roundup mode, his office follows the protocol of the state law enforcement, the national Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

He explained that larger drug dealers, if targeted, would require authorization from Frankfort. “A ‘buy-bust’ is very dangerous,” Harrell said, adding that an officer in Franklin County was shot during that type of operation.

All persons arrested Tuesday will likely be indicted during the next meeting of the grand jury, Harrell said.

He added that these drug roundups are “very effective.”

“We made a dent it in,” Harrell said. “Drugs have become a culture — (now there’s) a new generation of users and suppliers.”

He said that all those arrested Tuesday came after at least six months of investigation and have audio and visual evidence against them — monies used to make undercover purchases come from UNITE.

“We’re in the (law) enforcement business,” Harrell said. “(And we) go hand-in-hand with UNITE, (which is) in the rehabilitation business.”

He said the goal is helping the community by “whatever means it takes…to eliminate the abuse of drugs.”

Detective Tim Baker, who leads the sheriff’s office investigations into drug trafficking in Whitley County, said he will continue to combat the drug problem facing the county. “Most people simply don’t want drug dealers in their neighborhoods — they’re tired of worrying about who those dealers are attracting — they’re tired of worrying who may steal their property,” Baker said. “We want to eliminate those worries — one neighborhood at a time.”

Those arrested Tuesday and their charges include:

— Janet Ball, 47, of Corbin, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Timothy Bays, 39, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Mark Edward Brimm, 43, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the detention center.

— Jimmy Collett, 60, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and booked in the Whitley County Detention Center just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and released approximately an hour later on an unknown bond amount.

— Jeffery Lynn Combs, 48, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the detention center.

— Anthony Wayne Damron, 22, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Valerie King, 23, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Ronnie Wayne Marlow, 38, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Darrin Anthony Martin, 49, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and remains jailed in the detention center.

— Chester Joseph McKiddy, 37, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Norman McKiddy, 69, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Anthony Shawn Morgan, 31, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the detention center.

— Billie Jean Satterfield, 40, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Terry Wallace, 52, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested at his place of employment and jailed in the detention center.

— Sonia Watkins, 43, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

All suspects arrested during any drug roundup are considered innocent until proven guilty in a local, state or federal courtroom.

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