Drug Round-Up Anniversary

BEATTYVILLE – Before Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers ever conceived of Operation UNITE, Beattyville Mayor Charles Beach III was working hard to guide his community through the fog of substance abuse.

“It is only fitting that today, as we seek to arrest 25 more drug dealers in Lee County, that we honor Mayor Beach for his energy, his foresight, and his service and support to UNITE’s unique mission,” said Dan Smoot, UNITE law enforcement director.

Beach, who did not win reelection in November, was presented a plaque shortly after the drug round-up began Wednesday, December 13, at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Service Offices.

Law enforcement officers from the Beattyville Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police Richmond Post and Lee County constables joined UNITE detectives in the latest sweep of drug suspects.

Wednesday’s arrests were the result of an investigation spanning approximately six months, said Kentucky River Task Force Manager Mike Luttrell, noting the major drugs involved were OxyContin, Methadone and marijuana.

Tired of the problems in their town, in December 2001 more than four dozen people were arrested in “Operation Grinch,” an undercover drug investigation spearheaded by the Beattyville Police Department.

Just over a year later, the Lexington Herald-Leader published a special series of stories called “Prescription for Pain” highlighting Eastern Kentucky’s drug problems, which sparked UNITE’s creation by Congressman Rogers.

One of the principal writers of that series, Bill Estep, was on hand to cover Wednesday’s event.

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday 16 of the 25 suspects had been arrested and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail. They are:

• Hershell Barrett, age 71, Boone Avenue, Beattyville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Laura Bryant, age 31, Highland Road, Beattyville, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

• Rebecca Caudill, age 24, Highway 708 East, Beattyville, second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Jonathon Davis, age 25, Highway 708 East, Beattyville, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

• Jerry Duke, age 42, Highway 52, Beattyville, third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Ricky Farler, age 38, Main Street, Beattyville, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Darrell Fox, age 25, Blaines Branch Road, Beattyville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Brack Goe, age 37, Blaines Branch,Beattyville, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Sandy Hacker, age 20, Proctor Bottom Road, Beattyville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Alan Marcum, age 31, currently an inmate at the Blackburn Correctional Institution, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Bridgette McIntosh, age 33, Walk Log Road, Beattyville, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

• Angie Peters, age 40, Short Hollow Road, Beattyville, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Russell Sparks Jr., age 48, Walk Log Road, Beattyville, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. During his arrest police recovered 210 Methadone pills. That case will be presented to a Grand Jury for indictment.

• Michael Spencer, age 44, Rock Lick Road, Beattyville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Debby Terry, age 42, Gillam Road, Beattyville, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Shane Traylor, age 36, Beatthville Manor, Beattyville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


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