Estill County Raid Update

According to federal documents obtained by 27 NEWSFIRST this morning, the FBI first learned about Larry Riddell's alleged criminal activity years ago, but didn't setup a sting operation until April.

A five page report obtained by 27 NEWSFIRST outlines a three month long investigation into Riddell and his family. This federal document filed by an FBI special agent outlines how the government says Riddell obtained stolen goods and then resold them at businesses he owned across Estill County.

That's when agents reportedly began selling Riddell everything from expensive T.V.s to Advil and razor blades. In every case they say they told him they were stolen.

Agents reportedly sold to Riddell six different times in April and May before setting up a 'big' buy this week.

That's when the court documents say Riddell placed an order for a half-million dollars worth of diabetic test strips. That buy was supposed to have happened yesterday just before agents and State Troopers raided his home and businesses.

During the raid, agents arrested Riddell, his daughter, Tangee Turpin and her husband Jackie Turpin.

All three were in federal court this morning on a charge of receiving stolen goods. They are now out of jail on bond.


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  • by Sue Location: Estill on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    I agree with Mark, MANY people in this town buy stolen goods and resell them in their businessess. People are just hippocrits
  • by sandra Location: Estill on Jun 8, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    Maybe if the more "higher up authorities"would step in more often like this we could clean this county up and rid all the ugly so that our children would have a safe place to grow up in.
  • by donald Location: estill on Jun 8, 2007 at 01:51 PM
    I am glad to seee that someone take some action against this man...He is the biggest criminal in Estill County and everyone knows it. the one's that say they were shocked to hear this must be crazy or afraid to speak the truth about this man. he has most always wiggled his way out of things he got into. I don't think that is going to happen this time. the only sad thing is that they did not arrest his girlfriend when they arrested him.
  • by Bill Location: Madison on Jun 8, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    As far as I know there was no bond, they were let out on thier own signatures.
  • by Mark Location: Estill on Jun 8, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    It seems that the media and the law enforcement has blown this ten fold out of proportion. The real crime in this community is the fact that local people will steal off one another, whether it be goods or the copper from your own house, just for a dose of drugs. These people are commiting these crimes and presenting the goods to the several drug dealers and recycling businesses around the community. Also, the childern growing up have hardly any activities to participate in and are being exposed to these types of crimes against one another and are accepting them as the norm. This is an endless cycle and it not just occuring in this town but your own town as well.
  • by Mary Location: Estill on Jun 7, 2007 at 06:52 PM
    This isn't the first time MR.Riddell has been into trouble with the police.people in Estill Co.pretty much keep up with what the crooks in Esill Co.are into.A few years back the Ridell's were accused of recieving stolen trailors.I'm pretty sure the citizens of Estill Co.will be watching this story close because they are tired of watching crooks here walk away with a slap on there hands.
  • by steve Location: still on Jun 7, 2007 at 06:34 PM
    I agree with Jim its about timeThey need to start working for a living.
  • by Jim Location: Estill on Jun 7, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    After years of knowing and struggling people loosing their goods. I'm pround to see someone has been captured. The law knows the other crooks so go get them.

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