Breathitt Man Charged With Selling Drugs At Mine Operation

JACKSON – A Breathitt County resident was arrested Thursday, March 15, after he was found hauling more than coal to an area strip mine operation.

Dana Audie Francis, 30, of Buckhorn Road, faces two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance following an investigation by detectives from Operation UNITE.

Shortly before noon, officers from UNITE and the Jackson City Police Department went to the mine operation, where they knew Francis would be driving a coal truck, to serve an arrest warrant for one count of trafficking from a sale made in late January.

During a search after the arrest police discovered 199 OxyContin 40mg pills (with a street value of $11,940) along with $1,419 in cash. He was then arrested on a second trafficking charge.

“Additional charges will be presented to the Breathitt County Grand Jury,” said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE’s Kentucky River Drug Task Force. “We have purchased pills from Mr. Francis at the strip mine on several occasions. We consider him to be a fairly large dealer in the area.”

Francis was lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.

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