Four More Charged in Lawrence Drug Roundup

LOUISA - Four individuals who escaped apprehension in a UNITE drug roundup in August have turned themselves in to authorities.

All but four of the 24 suspected drug dealers wanted on Lawrence County indictment warrants have now been charged.

The initial roundup was conducted August 30 with assistance from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Kentucky State Police and Louisa Police Department. Most of the charges involved sales of Morphine, OxyContin and/or Hydrocodone in and around Lawrence County.

Five of those wanted, all members of two families, apparently crossed the state line into West Virginia to avoid being arrested. On Tuesday, September 4, however, four of these people opted to turn themselves in.

Charged were:

- Rose Mary Johnson, age 47, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, seven counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count trafficking in a simulated controlled substance, two counts first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, two counts second-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, and 11 counts second-degree persistent felony offender.

- Bridget Moore, age 27, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, (Johnson’s daughter), one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, four counts second-degree persistent felony offender.

- Allen W. Sword, age 45, Third Street, Louisa, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

- DeWayne Edward Campbell, age 21, Third Street, Louisa (Sword’s son) one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts second-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force, said most of the drugs originated from legitimate prescriptions and were diverted to illegal purposes.

Several weeks prior to the roundup, UNITE detectives searched the homes of Johnson and Sword as part of their investigation. Police found 130 assorted pills and $1,422 at Johnson’s home and $1,543 in cash at the Sword property.


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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 29, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    @wilson Location: johns creek Whats accomplished is a useless drug force filled with brainwashed corrupt facists has got its name in the paper once again for work that they didnt do. All local guys do the leg work then UNITE comes in with its name in the headlines. They keep the poor even poorer and theives steal even more because thanks to them their drugs now cost more and so they steal more. Where as the people they got the pills from the "prescribies" and pill pushin companys and goverment make there money on both ends. After all the worst "illegal" drugs are prescription and cause more deaths than even methamphetamine.
  • by wilson Location: johns creek on May 29, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    And what was accomplished here?This country has 5% of the worlds population yet it consumes 66% of the illegal drugs so as long as we continue NOT to educate the population and choose to lock them up then there will be a demand. I would be willing to bet that someone within the family has already taken over the business.

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