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One Of UNITE’s Most Wanted Fugitives Nabbed During Round-Up

An Eastern Kentucky man who had eluded Operation UNITE detectives for more than two years was arrested Wednesday, November 1, during a round-up of drug suspects in Floyd County.

Anthony R. Conn, 21, who currently lives on Jackson Drive in the Johnson County community of Sitka, was apprehended while working at a strip mine in Allen.

“We received a tip that Mr. Conn was driving a sludge truck at a mining operation,” said Lee Weddington, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force. “With assistance of officers from the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement we were able to stop him on Allen Banner Road.”

Conn, who was listed as one of UNITE’s “Most Wanted” fugitives, had eluded detectives since being indicted on October 2, 2004. He is charged with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methadone).

In addition to Conn, seven of 13 suspects sought in Wednesday’s round-up had been located by noon and lodged at the Floyd County Detention Center. The arrests culminated an investigation that lasted approximately eight months.

Approximately a dozen law enforcement officers from the Prestonsburg Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky State Police Pikeville Post participated in the operation.

Those arrested Wednesday were:

• Judith M. Bailey, age 24, Cliffside Apartments, Prestonsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Aubert Clevenger, 23, Town Branch, Prestonsburg, two counts trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

• Anthony R. Conn, age 21, of Jackson Drive, Sitka, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• James Kevin Hughes, age 27, of Ivy Creek, Ivel, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Patricia Shepherd, age 35, of University Drive, Prestonsburg, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

• Wornald David Slone, age 35, of Jockey Hollow in Auxier, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• David Stevens, age 48, University Drive, Prestonsburg, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• William Williams, age 45, of Fannin Lane, Prestonsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


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