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October 30, 2013

Nine arrested in drug roundup

Nabbed during Operation Trick or Treat in Whitley

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Amassing a collection of candy was not exactly the goal of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday — but Operation Trick or Treat did get law enforcement a collection of arrests.

Eight suspects were arrested during the sheriff’s office’s latest drug roundup Tuesday morning.

A ninth person was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Colan Harrell said the various drug-related charges stem from a lengthy investigation.

“A lot of these cases came about within the last year,” Harrell said.

He added that much of the evidence gathered came from confidential informants.

Cases against these suspects were also made based on audio and/or visual recordings, according to the sheriff.

Harrell added he felt the sheriff’s office was aiding in reducing illegal drug activity in the county. “(We’re) making drugs more scarce (in Whitley County),” Harrell said.

“We will continue to adamantly pursue drug dealers in this county,” vowed Detective Tim Baker, who leads the sheriff’s office’s Drug Task Force. “The safety of our county, its neighborhoods and especially, its residents, is of the utmost importance to myself and the members of this department.”

Those arrested and their charges include:

— Billy Wade Anderson, 36, of Barbourville, was arrested at a residence on Sandy Branch Spur Road Tuesday morning. He faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Maranda Kay Broyles, 26, of Williamsburg, was booked into the Whitley County Detention Center just after 1 p.m. Tuesday after her arrest, and was released just after 6 p.m. She faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Wesley Keith Croley, Jr., 26, of Gatliff, was arrested at a residence on Upper Powers Cemetery Road as he emerged from a wooded area next to the home. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Christopher Lee Laster, 38, of Corbin, was arrested by deputies Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $10,000 cash bond. He faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and another charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Thelma Lawson, 29, of Williamsburg, was arrested by deputies at a residence on Louden Road Tuesday morning. She faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Danny Lee McFarland, 37, of Williamsburg, was arrested by law enforcement Tuesday. He was booked into the Whitley County Detention Center at 1:24 p.m. and released just after 4 p.m. He faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Mitchell Mike Nunn, 21, of Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday and was booked into the Whitley County Detention Center. He faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Leann Michelle Perkins, 27, of Williamsburg, was arrested by deputies Tuesday and booked into the Whitley County Detention Center, where she remains. She faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Clarence Steve Perry, 54, of Williamsburg, was arrested by deputies Tuesday. JailTracker records do not indicate he was ever booked into the Whitley County Detention Center. Sheriff Harrell explained the suspect was suffering from injuries sustained in an unrelated crash. Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley said earlier this year that jail protocol is to ensure incoming prisoners are healthy enough to be incarcerated, and when those incoming do not appear healthy or lucid, they must be cleared by a medical professional. Deputies charged Perry with one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The sheriff’s office was assisted Tuesday by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department, constables Andy Moses and Lonnie Foley, and Kentucky State Troopers Mike Witt and Stacey Walker. Funding for the roundup came from Operation UNITE.

Suspects arrested during the drug roundup are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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