Five Drug Arrests Made At Motel

BEATTYVILLE ­ An investigation into alleged drug dealing led to the arrest of five individuals at a Lee County motel on Wednesday, February 6.

The Jackson Police Department had received a tip about possible marijuana sales from the Tinchers Motel on KY 11-South and notified Operation UNITE, said Paul Hays, deputy law enforcement director for UNITE.

About 3 p.m. on Wednesday, UNITE detectives accompanied by officers from the Jackson Police Department, Beattyville Police Department, Lee County Sheriff¹s Office and Kentucky State Police approached the room where the suspects were staying and discovered approximately 2 pounds of marijuana and
$445 in cash.

UNITE arrested 61-year-old Charlie J. Neace, of Little Leatherwood Road in Lost Creek (Breathitt County), on a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school (Southside Elementary).

Neace currently has an unrelated drug trafficking charge pending in Breathitt County.

KSP troopers charged Neace¹s wife, son and two other woman on charges ranging from first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and public intoxication (drugs).

All suspects were lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at .

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed
$36.6 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past five years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 8, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    "The Jackson Police Department had received a tip " That right there says who is responsible for the bust. Some rat that was probally mad or had a grudge calls JPD and they call UNITE and UNITE trys to take the credit. Wonder if they think its not obvious that this comes on the same day that UNITE is being sued?


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