Police At DUI Checkpoints Find More Than Drunk Drivers

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police at DUI checkpoints in one eastern Kentucky county find more than drunk drivers.

Police say they found marijuana and prescription pills in three un-related cases.

Five suspects are in jail after sheriff deputies say they caught them red-handed with drugs, but some of the suspects put up a fight and tried to escape.

Johnson County Sheriff deputies say they noticed more traffic than usual on Highway 11-07 in Thelma.

After complaints from neighbors, deputies set up a DUI checkpoint to find out what was going on.

“It's not really known for drug activity,” Sergeant Tom Wyatt said, That all changed when deputies discovered people coming in to either buy or sell drugs.

“Sergeant Hitchcock and I actually witnessed a narcotics transaction take place about 15 feet from us,” Sgt. Wyatt said.

Deputies say when caught, the two men ran away but they chased them to a house where they found them destroying bags of pot.

“He missed the toilet, flushed it, but the marijuana was beside the toilet,” Sgt. Wyatt said.

Deputies say they discovered more cases of marijuana and arrested David Neil Chandler and Sam Furcolow.

Deputies say they also caught a woman driving while she was high. They arrested Linda Ross and her passenger Avery Holbrook.

“I don't think he was drunk. I've known him all of his life and he's never hurt anyone, and I don't think he would now,” Reble Bevins said.

Deputies say the pair admitted to using Xanax and the pills were in the car.

Deputies say they witnessed another man, Jason Gambill buy drugs at house and arrested him.

Officers call the checkpoint a success, “Nine bags of marijuana were taken off the streets and that means there's nine bags of marijuana that won't go into the hands of children in the Thelma area or Johnson County,” Sgt. Wyatt said

The people arrested face a list of charges from drug trafficking to resisting arrest.

Several people in Thelma were too scared to go on camera today, but sheriff deputies say this just started their investigations and they'll be back.

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