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February 26, 2014

Operation Pain Killer

Eight arrested in Whitley Co. drug roundup

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Several Whitley County residents heard the click of a set of handcuffs Tuesday during the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s latest drug roundup — Operation Painkiller.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with Officers Steven Douglas and Toby Curry with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, gathered at the sheriff’s office in Williamsburg Tuesday morning to locate 15 suspected drug dealers.

Eight of those were arrested by the afternoon.

“This comes after a 10-month investigation,” Sheriff Colan Harrell said. “Once again most of it is prescription pills.”

He said all the arrests were the result of “undercover buys,” adding that those “buys” were recorded on video as evidence.

Harrell also said that all monies used by the department during drug trafficking investigations come from Operation UNITE.

“UNITE supplies us with all the buy money for this investigation,” he said. “We are grateful they assist us.”

Detective Tim Baker, who leads these investigations, said he remains vigilant in getting the drug problem tackled in Whitley County.

“I’ve said it and I will continue to say it — these prescription drugs are killing our families in Whitley County,” Baker said. “Everybody wants the county to be better for its citizens, and I and the sheriff’s department will continue to do what we can to make that happen.”

Eight people now face charges after Tuesday’s roundup.

Those arrested and their charges include:

— Stephen Kyle Bennett, 38, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Melinda J. Caddell, 40, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the detention center under a $2,500 fully-secured bond.

— Roy L. Carr Jr., 40, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed in the detention center under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Harold W. Croley, 63, of Corbin, faces charges of trafficking in less than eight ounces of marijuana, first offense. He was booked into the detention center just before 11:30 a.m. and released just before 3 p.m Tuesday on a $1,500 surety bond.

— Billy Kidd Jones, 38, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first offense. He remains jailed at the detention center under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Sherman Lawson, 54, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Due to serious health reasons, he was not jailed at the detention center and given a court date to appear, according to the sheriff’s office.

— Michael Adam Rickett, 31, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed at the detention center under a $5,000 fully-secured bond.

— William Cody Sulfridge, 20, of Williamsburg, was also listed on Tuesday’s targeted suspects — but was already jailed at the detention center on unrelated charges. Sulfridge now faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. For that charge he has a $10,000 cash bond. JailTracker records indicate he faces several other charges, including theft by unlawful taking property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000, third-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree terroristic threatening. He has been jailed at the detention center since Oct. 18.

OTHERS WANTED

Seven others remain targeted by the sheriff’s office for Operation Painkiller. Some of those suspects allegedly told deputies they would turn themselves in, but at press time, none had done so.

Those wanted and their charges include:

— Beatrice J. Anderson, 35, faces one charge of trafficking in a legend drug. She reportedly was one who planned to turn herself in to deputies.

— William Hubbard, 42, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Brooks Moses, 28, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He reportedly was one who planned to turn himself in to deputies.

— Holly Peace, 28, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

— Leann Michelle Perkins, 27, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She reportedly was one who planned to turn herself in to deputies.

— Chris Paul Rogers, 29, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He reportedly was one who planned to turn himself in to deputies.

— Michael Donald Walker, 26, of Williamsburg, faces one charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

If anyone has any information on the location of these persons, contact the sheriff’s office at 606-549-6006 or 606-549-6007.

 

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