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April 6, 2012

12 Arrested in Drug Roundup

20 Officials involved in 'Operation Spring Sting'

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene/Staff Writer

A dozen drug dealers were arrested by about 9 a.m. Thursday by a detail of 15 Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies, three deputy U.S. Marshals and two London Police Officers.

The officers left the sheriff’s office just after 6 a.m. in four teams.

They called it Operation Spring Sting.

Thursday’s work put the cap on work beginning on Jan. 1 of this year that seized more than $40,000 in cash and vehicles.

Two of those vehicles seized Thursday were a Tahoe truck and a Lexus.

By the end of Thursday, a total of 58 arrests had been made since the first day of the year.

The arrests made Thursday totalled 12 in both Laurel and Whitley counties.

Those from other counties, said Public Affairs Officer Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, often come into Laurel County to sell drugs.

And the sheriff’s office, with a Laurel County deputy who is also a deputy U.S. Marshal, may be able to make arrests out of Laurel County.

Back at the office following the arrests,  Sheriff John Root said others on the list for Thursday were not to be found. He added, “Some were out of town or in another county, but I’m sure probably by the first of the week we’ll get ‘em. We will get ‘em.”

This is the fifth drug roundup since Root was elected sheriff and took over the office Jan. 1, 2011.

He explained the first drug roundup “was huge. For a fact, usage and manufacturing are down tremendously.” He added that the drop in drug making and selling is down by about 90 percent in the county since the first roundup.

“We’re going to continue the same thing we’re doing. If they’re crazy enough to do it they can expect a visit from us. Because they will eventually get our number,” he added.

Of the 12 arrested Thursday morning, one was arrested in the Whitley County area of Corbin.

Jimmy Gilbert, 38, of Palmer Street, Corbin, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The other arrests were made in Laurel County.

Robert Neal Masters, 46, of Williamsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Kevin Lawson, 35, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

Ruby Lawson, 64, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Jeremiah Moore, 20, of London, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and making methamphetamine.

Jason Moore, 25, of London, trafficking in less than eight ounces of marijuana.

Raymond Bullis, 41, of Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Shawna Moore, (no age given), of Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Tammy Creech, 45, of London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Ronnie Ratliff, 39, of London, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Casey Brock, 28, of Corbin, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

And Elizabeth Lowe, 29, of Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

All were taken to the Laurel County Corrections Center.

Eight others are on the sheriff’s office list of wanted criminals dealing in drugs.

David Robinson, of East Branch Road, East Bernstadt, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Dudley Wagers, of  Bridgestone Road, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Brandon Smith, of  Parkhill Road, Corbin, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Mark Alexander, of Seeley Road, making meth.

Johanna McCormick, of Wildcat Road, London, trafficking in a controlled substance.

James Schueler, of KY 909, London, trafficking in a controlled substance.

Cora Collinsworth, of KY 909, London, first- and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

And Christopher Smallwood, of Lon Chadwell Street, Corbin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Along with Root and Acciardo were Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Lt. Rodney Van Zant, Sergeants Chuck Johnson, Josh Gaylor and Phil Barnard, Deputies James Sizemore and John Inman, Bailiffs Kyle Gray, Brandon Broughton, Kenton Scharf and Shane Rice and Detectives Brad Mitchell and Billy Madden.

U.S. Deputy Marshals were Tim Stec, of Lexington, and Todd Hansford and Jason Back, both of London.

And London Police Officers Travis Couch and Travis Dotson.

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