Several People Are Arrested In Drug Bust

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Months of investigation led to a drug bust.

When police went after more than two dozen suspected drug dealers.

Most of the suspects are accused of selling various types of prescription medications such as OxyContin.

Kentucky state police say they used confidential informants to make undercover drug buys during months of investigation.

They say Monday's arrests are just part of their overall fight against an ongoing epidemic in eastern Kentucky.

Officers point out that eastern Kentucky is ranked number one in the nation for it's prescription drug problem.

There was a study done and there is 15 pounds of pills for every man, woman and child in the state of Kentucky for a year that's consumed just in southeast Kentucky alone,” Trooper Walt Meachum said.

With help from Barbourville Police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office the Kentucky State Police were able to round up at least 20 of the suspects.

They say they'll be going after the rest of the more than 30 charged in the coming days.

• Charles Bargo, age 48 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Travis Marcum, age 21 of Calebs Creek, KY. was charged with two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Karyn Layne, age 54 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree, Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st degree.
• Billie Mills, age 48 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with Sale of Simulated Substance.
• Bridget Bingham, age 28 of Cannon, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Joni Lee, age 42 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 3rd degree.
• Maggie Hensley, age 63 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Thelma Davis, age 41 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with three counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Dexter Messer Jr., age 28 of Girdler, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
• Ashley Jones, age 25 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st degree.
• Sandy Woolum, age 40 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with three counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree and one count of Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st degree.
• Archie Baker, age 36 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Randy Hubbard, age 37 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Jason Riley, age 33 of Hinkle, KY. was charged with two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st degree.
• Arville Collinsworth, age 73 of Gray, KY. was charged with two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Ronald Bright, age 41 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with three counts of Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Paul Hammons, age 51 of Barbourville, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd degree.
• Roy L. Gray, age 27 of Heidrick, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Ottis Sizemore Jr., age 44 of Stinking Creek, KY. was charged with Trafficking Marijuana over 8 oz.
• Mearl Abner, age 40 of Girdler, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
• Ashley Hubbard, age 21 of Gray, KY. was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd degree.
Other arrests are pending at this time for subjects that were not located during the round up. To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, 1-800-DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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  • by lonewolf2 Location: kentucky on Apr 30, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    ID like to comment to you all that are implying that ATV riders are DRUG dealers AND GROWERS! Well I have 4 myself and so do a lot of people.I use mine on the farm save buying fuel for the tractors.I also and many more use them for recreation.DONT make us ALL SOUND LIKE CRIMANALS.Heres A fact for ATV riders find a lot of pot patches meth labs or where they have been.Most report what they see and find to the local police. But a LOT of people DO use them for such things and thats not good. PEOPLE DONT CONDEMN SOMEONE just because they are on A ATV 99% are honest people just out playing in the mud having fun. Its the 1% that makes everyone look bad.My grandpa always said it takes one bad apple to spoil the bushel.DONT let that 1 bad apple let you judge people that the worst thing they might be guilty of is riding on the black top to get to point A to point B
  • by Me Location: Lexington on Apr 30, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    Bill, war on poor people? What an ignorant statement. No Help, physicians are to blame? If a patient comes in complaining of pain and we refuse to treat, that can quite possibly lead to a law suit. Fortunately, KASPER has helped us out in finding those who go to the doctor's office or emergency room, as for pain medication and just had 90 pills given to them a week ago from a family physician. That's how you fix the problem, you blame the people there to help you when you are in need. Physicians are not mind readers; they cannot determine if you are lying all the time. We have our ways, but it is not 100% effective.
  • by WHAT Location: IRVINE on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:06 PM
    So,you think they are all together,like here in irvine, the president of a drug free org... has a good friend who is a drug dealer,you cant win the way you are dealing with this,stop the drug,and you kill all the little bugs
  • by NO HELP. Location: KY on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:00 PM
    WELL DONE. would like to see more caught in knox county. they sell right under our noses and they think we are so stupid that we can't figure out what is going on.. the dr's are to blame for alot of the pill problem here. they go and ask and they get what they want.as long as they have a medical card to pay they get anything. it's not coming out of thier pocket it's coming out of us tax payers. Another bad thing is to see the young kids you watch grow up go to the dealer's house.and they(the dealer) act like nothing is going on..we are not that stupid. a real friend would stay and visit more that 2 minutes... we ask for help to clean up but nothing ever happens in our neighborhood. you hardly ever see a cop in our area so how do we expect the dealers to get busted for anything.if they do catch any it's like going fishing. CATCH AND RELEASE. PLEASE REPORT ALL DRUG DEALER. IT COULD SAVE A LIFE.
  • by CBM Location: KY on Apr 29, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    Its a funny thing to me that they use these narks that are in some kind of trouble and let them go or give them a lighter sentance to tell on someone else. go figure set one rat free to catch another.
  • by here here Location: pikeville on Apr 29, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    I think its awful that we have the repuation for drugs here. The problem is that the only ones that seem to care are the citizens that are drug free. I wish we could put something in the water to make them all so sick that they wish they would die.
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Apr 29, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    If welfarers are caught with drugs, remove the welfare money. Stop wasting tax payers money to support them.
  • by djj Location: eastern ky on Apr 29, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    I'm really proud of the efforts our law enforcement is putting forth. I wish there were more upper classmen on the list. Seems to me that they are never going to get the recognition that these few got.
  • by ritchie Location: ball creek on Apr 29, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    Stop the 4 wheelers and slow down the drugs.
  • by Dee Location: around there on Apr 29, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    Jasper ($$$$$$$$$$$) Think about it.
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