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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  • by ANONYMOUS Location: KY.JAN.18 2009 AT 3;38 PM on Jan 24, 2009 at 03:28 AM
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  • by William Location: seky on Jan 22, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    LOL WE THE PEOPLE, I sayeth unto the we the people One would thinketh that thou hast come from the seventeen hundreds You speaketh much evil as one not of the Year of Our Lord 2009 I sayeth on to you did thine loose thy space in time we haveth not Kings In these states of the Americas the days of Kings is gone gone like the lump of waist that falleth from the bowels of the I do wander what wilst UNITE doeth next burn witches Of the Lords Church of the King Of england Kentucky? LOLOLOLOL what idiots.
  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:23 AM
    Until you punish these people harshly these arrest don't mean nothing to these people. Don't slap them on the wrist and say don't do that again. Give them some real punishment. When you send them to jail give them hard times make them work aka chain gang not a free ride.
  • by fed up 2 Location: ky on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    IF THEY COME TO MARTIN ,THEY ONLY ONES REMAINING WOULD BE GONE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS THEY GET THE PAPER TRAIL TELLING ALL OF ONES KIN! THEY NEED TO CHECK HOUSE ON BACK STREET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EVEY ONE ACTUALLY KNOWS ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by WE THE PEOPLE Location: ALL ACROSS KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Arrest them all and let the judge's sort the scum out. If, I were the king, then I would have them all beheaded. As soon as they were arrested with the drugs in their possession.(BUT I'M NOT) Why have pity on them? They are destroying OUR children. By either killing them or killing their parents with their drugs. They do it for the greed of the green dollar. GET RID OF ALL THE TRASH AND SCUM AND TAKE BACK OUR CHILDREN, OUR LIFES AND COMMUNITIES. "We the people" have to do this by sitting on our juries and convicting this scum and putting THEM in prison and sending those who want to jump up and take their place a message. WE WILL PUT YOU IN JAIL TO!! That's right you the people have more power than the judges, you just have to send strong messages with your conviction of this scum, and give them the harshest sentences that you can. "WE THE PEOPLE" REMEMBER THERE IS NO "I" IN WE. WE ALL HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE CLEAN UP. NOT JUST THE LAW OR JUDGES! WE! WE! WE!, YES WE CAN! PUT THEM AWAY!
  • by Someone Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    As I read through these comments, I'm truly amazed at the level of ignorance Kentuckians are showing. 1) There is this little thing called punctuation, use it! 2) To William: There may be 2 reasons people use drugs but there is only 1 reason people use and buy illegal drugs and that is to increase the Pleasure. If the drugs are needed for medical reasons, then these people need to see a doctor. Or, wow....GET A JOB!!! If they can afford the drugs, the can afford to go to a doctor to get medication they truly need. If not, sorry but they should be in prison because it's illegal. I think police should hit every county in the state and do these round-ups. Get the trash off the streets and maybe Kentucky can be a halfway decent place to live and raise children. Yep, I said TRASH because the people involved in this stuff are nothing but trash and the world would really be better off without us all having to worry about them selling drugs to our children.
  • by Dean Location: Floyd County on Jan 19, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Nine months! Look at the drugs that the dealers were able to unload during that time. Also consider the cash that they made. I'd say that its more than enough to pay their bail and get out of jail plus pay their lawyer so they can remain on the streets pedaling their death by pill.
  • by wild bill Location: right here on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    They arrest them and when the go to court they will plea bargain for no more than a couple of years then they stay for a few months and out again.right back to selling!
  • by Jon Location: Ky on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    I hate a druggie with a passion. It was their choise to use dope. They drag everone around them down. I know a family that gets their dope threw the mail. He don't even have to get out to by it. He gets it threw vetrans some how. He isn't in any pain. He sells and uses it. The law knows about it, why they won't do anything I don't know.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    We need someone like that Bounty Hunter Dog. The druggies would never see any peace.

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