Berea police make heroin arrests at EKU

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Berea Police say Catherine Leake and Neal Stone sold heroin to a cooperating source of the police department. That's what they say launched an investigation that led them to an apartment at Eastern Kentucky University.

"That's really why we were so glad to be able to make these drug arrests, just because they were on a college campus and heroin is such a dangerous drug," said Sgt. Jake Reed of the Berea Police Department.

EKU officials say Stone is a junior majoring in paralegal. Berea Police say inside his on-campus apartment, they found about 79 grams of heroin, digital scales with residue, and $520 they say was used to make the drug buy. They say the street value of that much heroin would be in the neighborhood of nine or ten thousand dollars.

"It's a very large amount of drugs. That's the biggest amount of heroin that we have seen in a long time, maybe ever," Sgt. Reed said.

Stone told WKYT over the phone this afternoon that he denies the accusations against him. Berea Police say, like other places across Kentucky, they've seen a significant increase in heroin use.

"We do our best to put these folks in jail and seize the drugs that we can, but as far as the big picture, I don't know what the answer will be," Sgt. Reed said.

Both Stone and Leake are charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. Leake is also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Police say she was trying to hide heroin on her when she got to the Madison County Detention Center.

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