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Fugitive couple found hiding in eastern Kentucky woods

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A couple wanted in a drug trafficking case is now behind bars after being on the run for nearly a year.

Detectives at the Rowan County Sheriff's Office tell WKYT they'd been trying to track down Ronnie McKinney and Melisa Hopkins since December. That's when the pair was indicted on drug trafficking charges.

Police say they had traced McKinney and Hopkins to several different hotels in the area and as far away as Florida.

Just last weekend, a source told police that the pair had set up a campsite on McKinney's land, near the Daniel Boone National Forest. In the early morning hours of October 6, deputies say they found that campsite. Through the use of night vision goggles, officers discovered there was a network of security cameras and motion sensors guarding the site.

"We think it's very unusual. It's not unusual for fugitives to take off and hide, they just went to measures that we hadn't been familiar with before," said Chief Deputy Joe Cline with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they found McKinney and Hopkins nearby. They arrested the two, charging them with drug trafficking.

Investigators believe the pair had been staying at the site throughout the summer months.

The couple is due in court to answer to the charges against them on November 1st.


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