Drug Investigation Leads To Arrests In Breathitt County

JACKSON -­ Nine of 13 people wanted in connection with an undercover drug investigation in Breathitt County have been arrested.

Detectives from Operation UNITE, with assistance from the Jackson Police Department, have been attempting to locate and arrest these individuals a few at a time over the past three months.

One of the suspects was charged late last year during the investigation after a search was conducted of his home. The cases, developed over a 3-4 month period in 2007, primarily involved the illegal sale of OxyContin tablets.

Those arrested through May 21 are:

- Joyce Crabtree, age 29, Slayrean Drive, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- Wesley J. Caudill, age 27, Turner Drive, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- James Gilbert, age 44, Swell Street, Jackson, two counts trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

- Beverly Johnson, age 47, Park Road, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- Carley Jones, age 22, Shucky Bean Hollow, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, and second-degree persistent felony offender.

- Terry Mullins, age 44, Old Quicksand Road, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

-Wyllie Mullins, age 78, Old Quicksand Road, Jackson, four counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

- Michelle Robinson, age 30, Town Hill Road, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense).

- Arlie Sword, age 43, Highland Avenue, Jackson, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org .


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  • by cyndi Location: breathitt co. on Jun 29, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    All this arrest is go on. Whats there own habbit????? ...... Cyndi of Breathitt Co.
  • by Kyle on May 23, 2008 at 08:03 PM
    Wonder how many of them go to a pain clinic of some kind and how many of them are on SSI or other???
  • by john on May 23, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    I agree with Jones, they are transporting the drugs on ATV's and where are the cops?
  • by charles Location: lost creek on May 22, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    operation unite has come thru again in breathitt county.why not perry county it has been several years still no arrests.
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on May 22, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    I SAY WE NEED TO TAKE ALL THOSE WHO USE AND THOSE WHO DEAL IN DRUGS TO AN ISLAND AND DROPPED THEM OFF AND LEAVE THEM TO MAKE IT THE BEST WAY THEY CAN.
  • by jones Location: river caney/1278 on May 22, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    You could catch a whole lot more if police would stop these 4 wheelers transporting in River Caney( route 1278).
  • by sam Location: lost creek on May 22, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    their places will be taken before it gets dark, we keep doing the same thing over and over with the same results. We need adequate rehab facilities for the addicts and this might slow down.There is just to many folks out there willing to sell and do drugs to solve the problem the same old way.

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