By Adam S. Sulfridge / For the Times-Tribune
A suspected drug dealer tried to convince Williamsburg officers he was a victim of circumstances, but police quickly charged him for an apparent drug trafficking scheme.
Around 11 a.m., Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement K9 Officer Landry Collett stopped a Chevy Trailblazer speeding 15 mph over the limit on I-75. The driver, Marvin Adkins, 36, of Campton, Ky., and his passengers told different stories to Collett and Williamsburg officers Shawn Jackson and Brandon Prewitt.
Minutes later, police say one subject admitted visiting a pain clinic in Florida. Shortly after that, a bag containing 615 pills was found in the driver’s front pant pocket. All the pills, police believe, were oxycodone 30 mg tablets, which sell for approximately a dollar per milligram on the street.
While being interviewed, Marvin stated he had visited the pain clinic, believing his actions were entirely legal “as long as you don’t doctor shop.” While at the pain clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., Marvin estimated the doctor spent only five minutes in the room with him before prescribing hundreds of prescription painkillers.
When asked why he had stashed 615 pills in his pocket, Marvin Adkins convincingly told Officer Jackson that he had been approached by a stranger in Florida who offered to pay him $300 if he would transport the pills to Kentucky. According to Marvin, he would receive payment after the pills were left at a location in Powell County.
Believing it odd that a drug dealer would trust a stranger with what, in street value, amounted to $24,500 worth of pills, officers began digging deeper for answers.
Marvin, though, kept his act going.
He rambled on, “It’s stupid… I shouldn’t have done it… Love of money, ya know… $300 was it, that’s more than I’d make working.” According to Marvin, he had saved up enough money to make the trip to Florida by mowing lawns and performing odd jobs.
Marvin’s uncle, Rondle Adkins, 55, also of Campton, told officers a similar story. Jackson said, “(Rondle Adkins) made a statement to officers that he was not wealthy and that he was broke and did not have a dime. But in the same conversation, he stated he had traded his pickup truck and paid $10,500 cash for the Trailblazer he was driving.”
Wednesday morning, Rondle Adkins posted a $15,000 cash bond.
“He wasn’t telling us the truth, but then again, this is consistent with the pipeline junkies,” Jackson added.
A third subject, Eula N Swords, also of Campton, eventually spoiled the plot by admitting Marvin Adkins’ statements about receiving pills from a stranger were untrue. In fact, Swords even admitted that at the time their vehicle was stopped, her boyfriend, who was also Marvin Adkins’ brother, was driving a separate vehicle just feet ahead of them. According to her, the brother and his passengers were also returning from the pain clinic with pills.
Jackson noted that while Marvin Adkins, Rondle Adkins, and Swords were being interviewed, the brother called Marvin Adkins’ phone multiple times.
This is the third major arrest Williamsburg police have made in cooperation with Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.
“Doing the figures, between the street value of all the medication, including the prescriptions the two men got, it was almost $47,000 worth of pills. You know, $47,000 between two individuals is simply amazing,” Jackson said.
Marvin Adkins was arrested at the scene for careless driving and speeding 15 mph over the limit. He was later be charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Rondle Adkins was charged with public intoxication and also charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Eula Swords was arrested for public intoxication, and a fourth passenger was not arrested.
DEA agents were contacted, and Jackson said the investigation is continuing.
Chief Bird commended the officers, saying, “They have gotten pretty lucky lately, because they’ve been getting good [drug] trafficking cases out of these stops. Before it was mainly DUIs and public intoxication charges.”