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March 25, 2014

Six arrested in roundup

All suspects nabbed for allegedly selling pills

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

“Come on in boys — I’m ready to go with you.”

That’s what Gray resident Randy Brown hollered out his window to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies as they converged in front of his residence Monday morning.

Deputies were there to arrest Brown — he was one of six suspects arrested Monday during the latest drug roundup for Knox County.

“All these suspects face drug trafficking charges,” Sheriff John Pickard said, adding his department puts the time in when it comes to drug arrests. “People don’t realize how much time is involved in this operation.”

He said that several months of investigation go into these cases — the sheriff’s office has video evidence of these alleged crimes.

“We all work together here,” Pickard said. “If (one of us) sees something we get the information and check it out.”

The next step is setting up the undercover purchases.

“They take care of all that,” he said. “It’s a full-time job in itself — (Detective Farris) stays busy with this.”

All suspects arrested Monday allegedly were selling pills, Pickard said.

“I think pills are the biggest problem we have,” he said. “There’s still a lot of marijuana and a lot of meth — but it’s getting better.”

He said that some of those arrested in the past have “pulled (jail) time” out of their charges.

“But there’s still a lot out there,” he added. “We definitely try to get every (suspect) we can possibly get — some are harder to get than others.”

Monday’s six arrests does ease the drug problem.

“But it’s just a small dent on this end — but we try to cover the whole county on our part.”

He was pleased with Monday’s roundup — all six suspects were in custody within 90 minutes.

“I love getting them,” Pickard said. “Every time you get one, it’s one more (arrested).”

Those arrested and their charges include:

— Thomas (Tommy) Adkins, 68, of Gray, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense. Adkins was arrested at his residence without incident. He was booked into the Knox County Detention Center, where he remains jailed under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Randy Lee Brown, 39, of Gray, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense. He was arrested in his residence without incident. Brown was booked into the detention center, where he remains jailed under a $5,000 cash bond.

— Donnie R. Garland, 48, of Corbin, faces one charge of trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces, first offense. He was arrested after being found two doors down from the sheriff’s office’s original destination. He remains jailed in the detention center under $1,000 cash bond.

— Lee A. Jones, 67, of Corbin, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or greater offense. Jones was arrested at his residence without incident. He was booked into the Knox County Detention Center, where he remains jailed under a $25,000 cash bond.

— Michael T. Norris, 45, of Corbin, faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. Norris was arrested at his residence without incident. He was booked into the Knox County Detention Center, where he remains jailed under a $10,000 cash bond.

— Linda Faye Poe, 50, of Gray, a next-door neighbor to Adkins, faces faces one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She was arrested at her residence without incident. She was booked into the Knox County Detention Center, where she remains jailed under a $10,000 cash bond.

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