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Four Charged With Drug Trafficking

MONTICELLO - ­ Four Wayne County residents have been arrested on drug trafficking charges following undercover investigations by Operation UNITE.

Detectives from UNITE, assisted by Wayne County Sheriff James Lynn Hill and Deputy Ralph Miniard, served indictment warrants on the four suspects Tuesday, October 17.

"We still have additional warrants to serve and will be making additional
arrests in the coming weeks," said Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE's
Cumberland Drug Task Force.

Those arrested Tuesday were:

* Dorothy Wallace-Neal, age 38, of Cardinal Street, Monticello. Wallace-Neal was charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) second offense and second-degree persistent felony offender in April 2006.

* Loretta Louise Prater, age 24, of Allen Street, Monticello. Prater was
charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) in May 2006.

* Claudia Paris, age 23, of Tennessee Street, Monticello. Paris was charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) and trafficking in marijuana under 8 ounces in February 2006.

* Mary Ellen Shelton, age 35, of Stokes Street, Monticello. Shelton was
charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) in May 2006.

All four individuals were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed $33.1 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past three years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

Drug Tip Hotline ­ 1-866-424-4382 / Treatment Referral Hotline ­
1-866-90-UNITE (1-866-908-6483)


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