Drug Roundup Targets 23 Dealers

PRESTONSBURG – For the eighth time in the last three years, an undercover drug investigation by Operation UNITE has resulted in a roundup of suspected dealers.

On Tuesday, June 26, local and state law enforcement officers joined with UNITE detectives to serve arrest warrants on 23 people who had sold drugs during the five-month investigation.

Most of the cases involved the illegal sale of prescription drugs, primarily Methadone, said Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force.

Assisting with the roundup operation Tuesday were members of the Prestonsburg City Police, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, and Wheelwright City Police.

As of Tuesday afternoon the following 16 people had been charged and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center:

• Danny C. Bentley, age 54, Goose Creek, Eastern, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Elmer Blankenship, age 44, Town Branch Road, Prestonsburg, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Brent Boyd, age 19, Weddington Lane, Prestonsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Carol Rose Boyd, age 32, Route 680, McDowell, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jason Lee Boyd, age 25, Roberts Drive, Prestonsburg, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• James Bradley, age 44, Cane Fork, Martin, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Hubert D. Clifton, age 33, Spurlock Creek, Prestonsburg, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Millard Ray Conn, age 57, Arkansas Creek, Martin, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender. During his arrest officers discovered a small amount of marijuana resulting in additional charges for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Corey Fraley, age 29, Route 321, Prestonsburg, five counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and three counts possession of marijuana under 8 ounces.

• Ashley Gallimore, age 18, Ward Avenue, Auxier, first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

• Vernon Hall Jr., age 49, Golf Course Hollow, Wheelwright, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Mary Jane Hoover, age 36, Bosco Road, Hueyville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Cecil Hunter, age 26, Weddington Lane, Prestonsburg, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• David Paul Ousley, age 42, Columbus Branch, Allen, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

• Bobby J. Slone, age 36, Town Branch Road, Prestonsburg, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Willis Sparks Jr., age 30, Route 1428, Prestonsburg, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.


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  • by Annonymous on Jun 28, 2007 at 08:23 PM
    GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: PERRY CO on Jun 28, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    U NEED TO FOCUS ON THE LEATHERWOOD AREA SUCH AS(beehive)keep up the good work may god bless u all
  • by annonymous Location: KY on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:27 PM
    good job....if all the cops did this good our community would be a better place..i say go after the doctors next....
  • by Anonymous Location: clay on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:48 PM
    hey UNITE come and take care of all the drugheads in the redbird, elk and jackcreeks we really need to get them off the streets before all the little kids around grow up to just like them !!!! we to go!!!!
  • by Melessia Location: prestonsburg on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:05 PM
    I am 100% against drugs, and drug dealers, but the only thing I have a problem with is the fact that they use imforments who are drug dealers and users, these people don't care about our kids, they just want to save their own hide, and they can continue doing the same thing they've been doing. drug dealing is a crime, and all people need the same punishment. there are plenty of people out here the could use, that really care about our kids. not trash to catch trash as they say. I guess this helps their business being a ci, they wipe out alot of their apponents. Good job unite, I just think you should find a way to use real caring people.
  • by Unknown Location: Floyd on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:52 PM
    I am in no way supporting the selling of drugs, but we live in a part of Kentucky where there are practically no jobs to be had. Maybe if there were more opportunities for better paying jobs, so many would not turn to selling drugs as a means for money. I also salute Randy for his comment on the medical "professionals"!
  • by anonymous Location: harlan co. on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    You need to comebacn to Verda and Jones Creek and pick up where you left off. Many are out of jail and doing the same thing all over again . They haven't learned thier lesson. Why do they keep probating and letting them out. They should have to pull every day of sentence. That's the only thing that will stop it. Harsher sentences and no probating them oout.
  • by Lynn Location: Floyd County on Jun 27, 2007 at 03:19 PM
    I am also glad to see these people off the streets, but give me a BREAK. These people are just wee folks of the bigger drug dealers that are left alone. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!
  • by Approval Location: Knott Co. on Jun 27, 2007 at 03:29 AM
    Glad to see this happening to the people who are destroying our young children. The law needs to get tough on these people so they don't become repeat offenders. We need to save our young chilren, they are our future!
  • by Amanda Location: Johnson County on Jun 26, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    Keep up the good work!!!!! Johnson County needs a good cleaning too!!!!!!!!
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