Boyd drug busts net five including businessman Bentley

CATLETTSBURG, KY — The Boyd County Sheriff’s Department arrested five people in three separate incidents Friday night and four are accused of trafficking drugs in Boyd County, reports The Ashland Daily-Independent in its Saturday edition.

Investigators confiscated more than 1,300 prescription pills from Ashland businessman Jerry Bentley, who told police he owns about 40 rental properties in Boyd County. The street value of the Oxycodone and Xanax pills was more than $27,000, according to officials.

Bentley was caught delivering pills to a sheriff’s department employee. He also had $8,000 on him at the time of the arrest. Bentley is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

Roger Sampson and Michael Smith were also arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance. Investigators said the Oxycodone pills on these subjects were packaged for resale.

Bryan Querry and Mary Alley were also arrested. When approached by police, Alley gave a bag of pills to Querry, who threw the bag over a roof. Alley is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and Querry is charged with tampering with evidence.

The three incidents do not appear to be connected, officials said. All five suspects are lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. They are all from Boyd County except for Sampson, who is from Florida, reports The Ashland Daily-Independent.

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