Six people face organized crime charges after a drug raid in Scott County. The raid took place after a sting involving several people at a home on Old Mill Lane.
The alleged leader of the drug operation, Betty Shanks, was among those arrested Friday. Police say Shanks would distribute prescription pills to buyers who paid her with stolen merchandise from Kohl's stores in Georgetown, Nicholasville, and Lexington. They say Shanks would then return the stolen merchandise for a store credit, sell it on Ebay, or trade it for more drugs.
Police removed eight children from the home where the raid took place. They range in age from 3-years-old to 10-years-old. In all, police estimate 20 people were residing in the home. Paul Edwards, a registered sex offender, was among those inhabiting the home. The children are now being cared for by other relatives.
Most of the neighbors in the area were praising police on the scene as they have suspected illegal activity at the home for some time. One resident told NewsFirst that cars would come and go at all hours of the day and night, and that it was hard to tell exactly who lived there. She also said it seemed strange to her that one family could have so much trash in their garbage bins each week.
In all, police plan to execute 12 arrest warrants in the case.