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February 5, 2014

10 Arrested for drugs

More suspects sought in Operation Be My Valentine

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

It was a quiet, chilly morning in downtown Williamsburg Tuesday.

But in the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, things were noisily heating up as law enforcement prepared to embark on the department’s latest drug roundup — Operation Be My Valentine.

Several law enforcement teams gathered their handcuffs, weapons and necessary paperwork to begin a day of arresting those accused of dealing illegal drugs.

Ten people now face charges after Tuesday’s roundup — some of whom were already jailed facing unrelated charges.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said Tuesday’s goal was having 20 charged and jailed by the day’s end — deputies still seek the remaining 10 suspects.

Harrell was pleased with Tuesday’s outcome and expects the last 10 to be charged soon.

“I feel like today is an example of what’s to come,” he said.

He added that those arrested Tuesday have both video and audio surveillance against them.

“Many of these cases came about in the last year,” he said.

Have these arrests helped combat Whitley County’s ongoing drug problem?

“We have definitely made a difference in the drug trade here — and the statistics show it,” Harrell said. “Last year we had more than 100 suspects indicted for drug trafficking, and this year we look to exceed that.”

He added that statistics released by Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley during a January meeting of the county’s UNITE coalition show that overdose deaths in the county have dropped “significantly.”

“Those statistics bear it out,” Harrell said.

Those arrested Tuesday and their charges include:

— Bobbie Jane Anderson, 27, of Mount Morgan apartments in Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday during the roundup. She faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. However, as she is currently pregnant, she was given a court date and not jailed. However, JailTracker records indicate she was arrested Dec. 13 by the Williamsburg Police Department. She faces charges of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in its original container, first offense, and theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $500. She was released Dec. 16 on a $25,000 cash bond, records indicate.

— Brian Scott Archer, 48, of Canadatown, faces one charge 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 unknown bond.

— Kenneth Dewayne Barnhill, 47, of Parks Apartments in Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday and faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Tamara L. Campbell, 28, of Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday and faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where she remains under an unknown bond.

— Christopher Dople, 43, of Mount Morgan apartments in Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday and faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under an unknown bond.

— Wendy Dawn Jones, 34, of Parks Apartments in Williamsburg, was listed as wanted on Tuesday’s roundup but was already in jail. Jones faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. For that charge she remains jailed on a $5,000 cash bond. JailTracker records indicate she was arrested by the sheriff’s office Nov. 26. For that arrest she was charged with contempt of court libel/slander and/or resistance to order and remains jailed on a $3,136 cash bond.

— Selena Marie Moore, 26, of Corbin, was also targeted on Tuesday’s roundup — and she, too, was already jailed. Tuesday’s warrant charges her with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, although JailTracker records did not yet indicate at press time what her bond would be for that charge. However, those records did show she was arrested by the Corbin Police Department Jan. 13. On that date she was arrested for failure to appear, contempt of court libel/slander and/or resistance to order, and her first and second offenses of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. For those charges she remains in the Whitley County Detention Center — and JailTracker records indicate she is under no bond for one charge, and a $7,500 surety bond for other charges.

— John Wesley Morris, 27, of Mount Morgan apartments, Williamsburg, was also listed as wanted during the roundup. He was arrested Monday by troopers with the Kentucky State Police. Morris was served his arrest warrant in the Whitley County Detention Center, charging him with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed under a $5,000 cash bond for that charge. JailTracker records indicate he faces two counts of non-payment of fines, for which he is jailed on a $183 cash bond.

— Billie Jean Satterfield, 40, of Saxton, also made it to Tuesday’s roundup list, and deputies quickly learned she had been arrested Jan. 31. The sheriff’s office charged her with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, but JailTracker records do not list a bond. However, with her January arrest, she faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card involving property valued between $500 and $10,000, receiving stolen property valued at less than $500, and theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000. For those charges she remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $10,000 cash bond.

— James E. Setser, 29, of Rockholds, was also targeted for arrest by the sheriff’s office Tuesday. He faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense. It was learned that he was arrested by the Corbin Police Department Oct. 9 and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center, where he remains under a $50,000 cash bond. In that arrest he was charged with a parole violation for a technical violation, two counts of ailure to appear, his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. JailTracker records did not indicate whether an additional bond would be set for the newest charge.

“We are here to protect and serve the public, and getting these suspects off the streets, out of the neighborhoods and in jail — we do just that,” said Detective Sgt. Tim Baker, who leads the sheriff’s office’s drug investigations. “We will continue to strive for a drug-free Whitley County — one arrest at a time.”

While the department was able to serve half of their roundup warrants Tuesday, Harrell said there are 10 more who need to be a part of Operation Be My Valentine.

Those being sought by the sheriff’s office and their charges are the following:

— Ronald Joe Anderson, 27, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Jim Baldwin, 33, of Rockholds, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— James Bennett, 40, of Devil’s Creek, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Gregory Dople, 40, of Mount Morgan apartments, Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Laci Gardner, 24, of Bee Creek, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Billy Ray Lawson II, 24, of Corbin, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Lois Ann Maxwell, 41, of Devil’s Creek, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— David T. Mitchell, 28, of Mount Morgan apartments, Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Jackie Lynn Sulfridge, 38, of Canadatown, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamines).

— Dustin Lee Sumner, 23, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

If anyone has seen any of these suspects or knows of their whereabouts, contact the sheriff’s office at 606-549-6006.

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