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April 16, 2014

19 charged in drug roundup

‘Operation Snowflake’ latest effort by Whitley County Sheriff’s Office to combat drugs

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

It was a busy morning for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday — and due to the department’s efforts, “Operation Snowflake” saw 19 people charged with various drug trafficking offenses.

“The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department enforces the law with zero tolerance (for drugs),” Sheriff Colan Harrell said. “Whether you sell two or 50 pills, if you’re 18 or 81 — you’re going to go to jail for selling drugs.”

Harrell said the bulk of the alleged dealers reportedly are trafficking pain pills — three of Tuesday’s warrants were for dealing methamphetamine.

“All of these were undercover buys,” he said, adding the investigations took several months. Evidence gathered in these cases includes audio and visual recordings, with the use of confidential informants, the sheriff explained.

“We made a dent in drug trafficking — and this (roundup) will not be the last,” Harrell said.

He said he and his department will continue to seek drug dealers and get them off the street — at least for a while.

“We will continue to take them to the door at the courthouse,” he said. “What happens beyond that point is out of my control.”

The sheriff’s office didn’t run Tuesday’s operation alone. The department was assisted by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department, the Corbin Police Department, and troopers with the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division.

“It’s nice that it is a multi-agency movement,” Harrell said. “We are all working together — this is a wonderful thing. It shows what we can get done when we work together.”

Detective Tim Baker, who leads the investigations into drug trafficking, said days like Tuesday are a good end to months of investigating.

“When neighborhoods are safer, the people who live in those neighborhoods feel safer,” Baker said. “And when those people feel safer — I know I’ve done my job.”

Those arrested and/or charged and their charges include:

— Eric M. Cox, 24, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Matthew Paul Croley, 24, of Emlyn, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Gary Lynn Douglas, 56, of Williamsburg, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond. He also faces one charge of first-degree disorderly conduct, and for that faces a $750 surety bond.

— Carolyn Sue Elliott, 48, of Corbin, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was not arrested Tuesday — Harrell said she was in the hospital.

— Stephen A. Hacker, 38, of Rockholds, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Teddy E. Isaac, 34, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Dennis Estis Lawson, 43, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Whitney L. Leach, 24, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where she remains under a $2,500 fully-secured bond. She also faces two counts of nonpayment of fines — both of which are $163 cash bonds.

— Melinda Joy McGlone, 42, of Williamsburg, faces two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and jailed in the detention center, where she remains on an unlisted bond amount.

— Randall McGlone Jr., 37, of Williamsburg, faces two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the detention center, where he remains on a $7,500 cash bond for each offense totaling $15,000, according to JailTracker records.

— Aaron Matthew Nelson, 23, of Emlyn, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains on an unlisted bond amount.

— Christina L. Nichols, 28, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and jailed in the detention center, where she remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Tony G. Petrey, 41, of Williamsburg, who already faces unrelated drug charges involving heroin, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth). As he currently is in custody and under evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange, the warrant will be issued while he is in jail.

— Melissa Ann Powers, 41, of Williamsburg, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where she remains on an unlisted bond amount.

— James Michael Riccobene Jr., 27, of Williamsburg, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He was arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $15,000 cash bond.

— Kimberly R. Strean, 31, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She surrendered herself to the sheriff’s office with her attorney present, B.J. Foley. She was booked into the Whitley County Detention Center, and was released on an unknown bond amount.

— Christen Nicole Sutton, 33, of Williamsburg, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She also faces two counts of contempt of court, libel/slander, resistance to order. She was arrested and booked into the detention center, where she remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Anita L. Swain, 52, of Williamsburg, faces one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested and booked into the Whitley County Detention Center, where she remains under a $7,500 cash bond.

— James Todd Wade, 44, of Williamsburg, faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. During the roundup Tuesday, Wade happened to come to the courthouse to pay his taxes, and when he learned of the warrant against him, he turned himself in. He was booked into the detention center, and released some time later on an unknown bond amount.

 

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