Eleven Arrested In Drug Round-Up

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

It's called Operation Awareness and now police say people in their community know drugs will not be tolerated.

That community is Barbourville in Knox County.

Monday morning police let everyone know about the operation with a drug roundup.

Officials say it's time for things to change.

Barbourville Police say drug-roundup is a wake up call for the city of Barbourville.

They say since this summer, police have obtained 12 warrants for drug related charges, and eleven people are behind bars.

It was a common sight in Barbourville Monday morning 12 warrants, eleven arrests...all to put an end to what mayor David Thompson says is a growing problem in his city

“Years ago, when I was in high-school, it was alcohol and pot, now it's meth, crack, cocaine,” Mayor David Thompson said.

Pills like Xanax and OxyContin. Since this summer when police started working on Operation Awareness, they have caught kids as young as seventeen illegally in possession of these drugs.

Now they're going after the source and making it known that selling drugs in Barbourville will not be tolerated.

“We want them to be aware of our efforts, as well as those that break the law, in the use of drugs, illegal drugs, and drug activity,” Bill Swafford said.

At this home in Cannon, police arrested two people including 38 year-old Johnny Smith, charging him with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance. He says he never sold drugs to anyone.

“I take them! I don't sell them! I take any pill, except oxy that you'll give me,” Johnny Smith said.

Police say since the summer, they've seized more than six-thousand dollars in illegal drug money and committed three-thousand man-hours to the operation.

“We're going to work on this one by one to keep it out of the city of Barbourville,” Mayor Thompson said.

Barbourville Police have set up a drug and theft tip-line for anyone that wishes to anonymously report drug activity within the city.

You can contact them at 546-DRUG that’s 546-3784.


Kevin Lawrence, 41 – Barbourville
William Michael Oliver, 27 – Barbourville
Judith Lawrence, 39 – Barbourville
Jerry Myrick, 53 – Barbourville
Garrett Brown, 36 – Barbourville
Lisa Adams, 38 – Barbourville
Matthew Adams, 52 – Barbourville
Elvis Hall, 33 – Barbourville
Norma Baker, 48 – Barbourville
Pricilla Ann Jones, 27 – Flat Lick
Johnny Smith, 38 – Flat Lick


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  • by Roxie Location: Ky on Dec 19, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    Way to go B'ville !!!! Keep up the good work and lets clean up our State !!!!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    Officials in other Ky. cities should take a cue from Barbourville. Let's stop the pills, crack, and meth.When they do this, the theiving will stop too.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:51 PM
    Eleven down, 100,000 to go!


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