Two Arrested After Methadone Found During Traffic Stop

By: Matt Barbout Email
By: Matt Barbout Email

HAZARD ­ A routine traffic stop Wednesday night has resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of interstate drug trafficking.

Charged by Operation UNITE with first-degree trafficking in a controlled
substance were 53-year-old John W. Tapioi, of Windrock Hollow, Hazard, and 45-year-old Brad Smith, of Judwich Drive, Columbus, Ohio.

Additionally, Tapioi was charged with public intoxication (drugs) by
Operation UNITE, and Smith was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs by the Perry County Sheriff¹s Office.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. Perry County Deputy Shannon Woods observed a 1992 Cadillac speeding on the Hal Rogers Parkway near Exit 56 just outside Hazard. After stopping the vehicle, Woods realized that UNITE had received complaints that these individuals were traveling out of state to pick up drugs to sell in Perry County.

UNITE detectives, additional sheriff¹s deputies, and KSP K-9 Trooper James Sandlin were called to assist at the scene.

The K-9 alerted on the trunk, where officers discovered 250 Methadone pills with a street value of approximately $3,750.

Tapioi and Smith were lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.

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


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  • by Brenda Location: Somerset on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Yeah!!!!!!!! All law enforcement need to have a way to find out when complaints are filed. Thank you Unite. Congratulations! Perry County
  • by personthathatesdrugies Location: Hazard on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    thanks cops for arresting those two guys, you help save people from dieing from an overdose
  • by BOB Location: Hazard on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Thanks cops for all the hard work of arresting those two guys!!!! : ]
  • by BOB Location: Hazard on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    thanks cops for the arrest of those two guys and the roads can be safe now!!!! : ]
  • by dontdropthesoap Location: Hazard on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:48 PM
    YAY SHANNON!!! You go boy!! Awesome job for remembering the vehicle description and everything. Good job to KSP, UNITE and PCSO as well. Let's get em all!!!!
  • by me Location: Hazard on Jan 8, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    Go Shannon Woods! You are my hero!
  • by fs Location: eastern ky on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    congratulations to the police, perry co sheriffs office and unite for catching these guys with the drugs. good job well done. keep up the good work.

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