TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

May 3, 2013

Nine jailed in drug roundup

Batch nabbed by Whitley Co. Sheriff’s Department


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Thursday morning started off a bit overcast.

The air was cool, but not cold, and the birds were just starting to sing.

Along the sidewalks and streets of downtown Williamsburg, it looked like a quiet, peaceful morning.

Unless you happened to walk past the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department — which was buzzing with activity.

And just after 8 a.m., law enforcement packed up, split up, and began the latest drug roundup — Operation May Time To Stop.

According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, this newest batch of arrests came after a lengthy investigation.

He added that all of today’s roundup suspects were wanted for allegedly trafficking illegal narcotics, and that evidence against them includes audio and video recordings.

“We are continuing the effort to curb the illegal sale of illegal drugs in Whitley County,” Harrell said. “And we will continue to do so on a regular basis.”

Harrell encourages the public to call the office if concerns are raised in their neighborhoods about illegal drug activity. Callers may remain anonymous.

Detective Sgt. Tim Baker, who leads the effort to combat illegal narcotics in Whitley County, said protecting innocent citizens from the ravages of drugs is his ultimate goal. “Too many lives get destroyed by these drugs,” he said. “The WCSD will continue to strive to make Whitley County a drug-free place to work, live and play.”

Those arrested Thursday and their charges include:

— Delbert Lee Bolton, 50, of Siler, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. Bolton turned himself into the sheriff’s department early Thursday afternoon. He was jailed under a $7,500 cash bond, and had bonded out by press time.

— Helen June Canada, 48, of Woodbine, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Timothy Wayne Curnutt, 39, of Siler, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Cathey L. Garland, 55, of Siler, was arrested without incident and charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Neddie Mack Lawson, 49, of Williamsburg, faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Anita Lois McCune, 45, of Corbin, faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. She remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Randall Napier, 61, of Rockholds, was also arrested Thursday, but was not a target of the sheriff’s drug roundup. He was found at another suspect’s house, and was found to have a warrant against him for non-payment of fines. At the sheriff’s department, he was informed he could pay the fine or spend 14 days in jail, and he told deputies he “could do the 14 days easy.” He remains jailed under $168 cash bond.

— Troy Ray Smith, 50, of Rockholds, faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and trafficking in marijuana, first offense. He remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

— Joe Nathan Veach, 53, of Rockholds, faces charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He remains jailed under a $7,500 cash bond.

Sheriff’s dept. seeks four others

By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Four others were sought Thursday by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department during the latest drug roundup.

The roundup, dubbed Operation May Time To Stop, brought eight arrests Thursday, and a ninth suspect turned himself in later that day.

Those remaining on the roundup list and their charges include:

— Kristy Baker, 34, of Williamsburg, is wanted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— James Bell, 43, of Williamsburg, is wanted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Felisha Peace, 29, of Williamsburg, is wanted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Sammy Smith, 41, of Rockholds, is wanted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. However, during the arrest of Troy Smith, another suspect, deputies learned Sammy Smith was in a serious car crash in November. According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Jackson, Smith was traveling on Wetstone Road when he “failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree head-on.”

Troy Smith told deputies that Sammy Smith was still hospitalized but going through rehabilitation. At the time of the crash, deputies believed prescription drugs were likely involved.

If anyone has information about Baker, Bell or Peace, contact the sheriff’s office at 606- 549-6006.

Sheriff Colan Harrell said he wants to get the word out about these other wanted suspects, and said maybe those suspects will turn themselves in.