Police Make Record Breaking OxyContin Bust

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police in one eastern Kentucky county make a record setting OxyContin bust.

Officers with the Floyd County Sheriff's office found more than two hundred OxyContin pills at a home in Toler Creek.

The sheriff says an anonymous tip led them to the home where they found the $20,000 worth of pills, the most they've ever seized in county history.

Sheriff John K. Blackburn says officers discovered these OxyContin pills at a home in Toler Creek.

“I've never had this big of an OxyContin bust, not this many pills at one time,” Sheriff Blackburn said.

It adds up to 270 pills in all with a street value of more than 20,000.

Deputies believe the homeowner, 45 year old Jullian Irick, Jr. was selling the pills and say they found thousands in cash to prove it.

Deputies seized the cash, OxyContin, and nearly 50 hydrocodone pills, but they did not arrest or charge Irick, and instead say they're taking the case to a grand jury for indictments.

The sheriff says they chose to do this to protect their undercover agent's identity in court.

Irick was not at home unavailable for comment when we were there.

Officers say even though he isn't charged yet they're still watching his every move.

They believe the record breaking OxyContin bust will potentially save a life.

We want to stress that Irick is not arrested or charged with anything at this time and we couldn't track him down for a comment.

The sheriff says he plans to present the case to the grand jury later this week.

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  • by Melissa Location: Floyd on Dec 10, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    I personally feel that we are in bad shape I have heard through different sources that the only reason JR got busted was because he was not giving johhnie enough money. Jr has been selling way to long to not have any inside connections.
  • by G. Location: London on Dec 6, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    Way to go boys!! These drug dealers... give oxycontin a bad name..its a great drug when used for the right reasons...these prescriptions SHOULD be monitored better...And the doctors writing them should be watched closely
  • by mel Location: lex on Dec 6, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    I personally know of docs who prescribe up to 5 OC's a day, totalling at least 150 a month. The pts I know of are prescribed legitimately, usually for back pain/surgery, but I still think it's a last effort drug, overused, highly addictive, and not one to be given if there is any alternative med.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 6, 2007 at 05:21 AM
    Great job officers for getting this off the streets! Thanks for saving the lives of untold hundreds! I agree with Eddie, the only people who need punished here is the drug dealer and the drug user. People can take ANY program(s) and make them evil! It's NOT the program(s) that are bad, it's the people who misuse the program(s)! And it certainly isn't just the Democrats that vote on the program(s), it usually takes BOTH parties!
  • by Not Impressed Location: Floyd Co for 24 years on Dec 5, 2007 at 07:34 PM
    I know exactly how he got the drugs. The same way hundreds of other dealers in the area who HAVEN’T been caught get them. Prescriptions are not monitored properly. One innocent example…a friend who had surgery was given 3 different OxyContin prescriptions by 3 different doctors! Hellooo! He destroyed the ones he didn't need and locked one in a safe, telling no one for fear some idiot would break into his home! This was someone who wasn’t trying to take advantage. Can you imagine how many others would have? And as for this bust, the occasional “big bust” makes people happy right? Makes it look as though things are improving? I’m not impressed. It hasn’t made the tiniest dent in the problem. This has been going on for years people. Controlled in Eastern KY means everyone knows where the drugs are and how to get them but no one is busting their a__es to stop it.
  • by tara Location: dorton on Dec 5, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    Sadly enogh this dude is related to my step-family and believe u me, they're not all prescribed, the dude is a crook as well as drug dealer, we've all figured he was selling for a long time and I'm glad they finally got him, so my little sister isnt around him at her family's house anymore.
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    Sorry, just had to address a comment from Jane below. So they should lock up the Democrats putting these programs in place? While I am not a Democrat, even I can't support such a silly argument. Yes, the program or programs is broken IF that is how they came across the pills. Consider for a moment someone who is prescribed these because they have the doc thinking they are hurt, but the get their scrip filled, then sell the pills. This is the most likely scenario, happens every day. How you gonna lock up anyone other than the abuser and the seller in this case? Can't blame the program(s) in an instance like this, and it happens ALL the time, believe me.
  • by donny Location: ky on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    im sure glad to see them get busted.good job there. now if only the judge would put them in prison for the rest of there life then it be ok. i love it when i read that a druggie got busted makes my day..good job boys
  • by Janice Location: Nicholasville on Dec 5, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    Take him down, take all the dope heads down with him, LOW LIFE SCUM
  • by Amazed Location: KY on Dec 5, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    I agree with Linda...how on earth did this person or persons get ahold of this much of a controlled substance??? We have got to get a grip on this issue in Kentucky...I sure am grateful that these officers got that off the street! Great job!!
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