By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Five Barbourville residents landed behind bars Thursday after a drug roundup in the city.
Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens said that beginning early in the morning Thursday, officers headed out to locate and arrest the five suspects.
“The charges are a result of an extended, localized drug investigation,” Owens explained. “(The investigation was) conducted as a result of citizen complaints and information gathered as a result of drug activities (in) the city.”
Owens added that Detective Brian Senters concluded the long-term investigation, which he said spanned several months and involved several different methods to gather evidence, including surveillance operations, controlled buys and criminal activity complaints.
Owens said more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
Those arrested and their charges include:
— Brian Penn, 45, faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. According to JailTracker records, this is his second or greater offense with this charge. He remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 surety to individual bond.
— George Jackson, 46, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 surety to individual bond.
— Katrina Jenkins, 44, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 surety bond.
— Jack Ledford, 75, faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
— Tina Barrett, AKA Anna Martina Baker, AKA Anna M. Barrett, 44, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 surety bond.
Assisting Senters in both the investigation and arrest were Chief Mike Broughton, assistant chiefs James Gray and Bill Swafford, and patrolmen Robert Brown and Josh Lawson.
More arrests expected as investigation continues
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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