Dozens Arrested in Drug Roundup

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Kentucky State Police in London joined forces with several law enforcement agencies in Laurel and Whitley Counties Friday to take illegal drugs off the streets.

Police are calling Friday’s roundup a success after arresting nearly thirty suspected drug dealers.

One by one police arrested dozens of people on drug trafficking charges in Laurel and Whitley counties.

“Yeah, I don't like waking up to nine state troopers sitting outside in the parking lot,” said Robin Rookard.

Rookard says having suspected drug dealers in her apartment complex is unnerving.

“And I have two year old, so it's hard, you know what I'm saying? We don't come outside a whole lot, you know?”

“It impacts your neighbors, people who are afraid to make personal decisions for themselves because of the fear of what they think may be going on the other side of that apartment wall, or across the street,” said Captain Lisa Rudzinski with Kentucky State Police.

Friday's bust caught those like Tommy Walker off guard.

“I mean, that's wild. I mean, I don't ever do nothing, I'm not no trouble maker or nothing. I try to, you know,” said Walker, arrested on drug charges.

Police say they were able to make the arrests today with the help of the community.

“We ask the public to continue to be our eyes and ears out there and continue to provide us with information so we can be affective as possible in making their communities safer,” said Captain Rudzinski.

Police hope to make more arrests soon.

Police say Friday's bust was the result of a nine month-long investigation in which undercover officers were able to buy everything from oxycontin to methadone.

Those Arrested:

Melinda L. Grubb, 33, of Corbin, charged with one count Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Freddie Jones, 61, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Rocky L. Johnson, 27, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Tommy E. Walker, 36, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Dustin L. Warren, 28, of Corbin, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Jennifer Burke, 32, of Corbin, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Whitley County.

Roy E. Blevins, 31, of Corbin, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County and one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Whitley County.

Judy P. Wilder, 55, of Keavy, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Donnie M. Messer, 52, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Sam C. Gilbert, 72, of Corbin, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County and one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Henry Scalf, 41, of Corbin, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County and one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Russell R. Hacker, 37, of Corbin, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Robert W. Reed, 47, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Shana B. Lowe, 33, of Trosper (in Knox County), charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Kathy Helton, 54, of Corbin, charged with one count Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

David Petty, 28, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Steve Helton, 32, of Woodbine, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Whitley County.

Julie Helton, 26, of Woodbine, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Whitley County.

Jesse L. Baker, 29, of Woodbine, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and on count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Edith L. Petty, 31, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Sherry Kilburn, 51, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Steven M. Lewis, 21, of London, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Floyd C. Sizemore, 31, of Corbin, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Matthew D. Fore, 30, of Corbin, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Lois A. Maxwell, 36, of Corbin, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Laurel County.

Charles D. Warren, 32, of Corbin, charged with one count Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Laurel County.

Tommy Thompson, 29, of Corbin, charged with one count Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree and two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Justin Lambdin, 23, of Rockhold, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1ST Degree in Whitley County.

Brian C. Carroll, 22, of Corbin, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Robin Hill, 50, of Corbin, charged with one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

James O. Harp Jr., 50, of Woodbine, charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.

Patricia Potter, 43, of Woodbine, charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2ND Degree in Whitley County.


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