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February 11, 2013

One more arrested in roundup

Williamsburg woman turns self in Friday


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

One more name can be crossed off a list of wanted suspects from Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s drug roundup Thursday.

Sheriff Colan Harrell said Lovetta Bryant, 51, of Williamsburg, turned herself in Friday morning.

Bryant faces charges of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

A total of 16 suspects were sought during the roundup Thursday. Seven were jailed, and one suspect was already incarcerated.

Deputies still seek seven other suspects. Those suspects are:

— Wendy Day, 33, of Williamsburg, theft by unlawful taking. According to Harrell, Day allegedly took money given to her to trade for illegal drugs, then never returned with the cash or the drugs.

— Tonya Estep, of Flat Lick, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Kentucky State Police were enlisted Thursday to help seek this suspect In Knox County.

— Matthew Johnson, 38, of Flat Lick, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Kentucky State Police troopers were enlisted Thursday to help seek this suspect in Knox County.

— Robert Leach, 43, of Gray, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Martin Price, 42, of Heidrick, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— David Vanderpool, 52, of Williamsburg, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Harrell said Thursday more drug arrests are expected.

Harrell explained all suspects have recorded evidence against them. All suspects remain innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

He said that these latest drug roundup arrests resulted from several months of investigation. Some offenses, he said, were committed as early as April 2012.

“We work with informants,” Harrell said. “When there’s no more (drugs) for (the informant) to buy — we close them (the suspected dealer) up.”

“It’s that simple.”