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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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