Call of intoxicated woman prompts big pill find at London Walmart

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - It started with a tip of a woman acting strangely inside a southern Kentucky store. Police say that led them to hundreds of prescription pills.

London police were called to the Walmart on KY 192 last Thursday for a report of an intoxicated woman. When they arrived they say 42-year-old Carol Lakes was inside, and she was inebriated.

"They thought maybe it could be a medical issue so they asked to see if there was anybody with her," said Sgt. Richard Reynolds with London Police.

Police went outside to find the other person with Lakes.

"As they approached the vehicle they saw a white male grab ahold of a big plastic bag of what looked to be pills to them and try to throw it in the back seat," Reynolds said.

Police found 493 oxycodone and four Xanax in the truck. They also found a ledger which detailed how much the pills were being bought for. The amount of narcotics and that ledger led police to believe those pills weren't for personal use.

"We believe they were intended for trafficking due to the high quantity and the fact they were keeping a ledger," Reynolds said.

Police arrested Lakes and 37-year-old Ronald Lewis, charging both of them with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance. They also charged Lewis with tampering with physical evidence and 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance. Reynolds says the two are from McKee, in Jackson County. Both have bonded out of jail.

Police say they're thankful that citizen called police.

"A lot of our crime that we come across is due to an anonymous tip or someone sees something that concerns them," he said.

Police estimate the street value of those pills to be more than $20,000.


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