Big Drug Bust In Nicholas County

By: Andy Cunningham
By: Andy Cunningham

After a four-year investigation, Nicholas County officials arrest who they call one of the biggest drug dealers in Central Kentucky.

Police uncovered almost $50,000 in cash, and a variety of narcotics with a street value of over $100,000 and numerous fire arms.

The money and drugs were found in a rural Nicholas County home of 47-year-old Gary Barnett.

Barnett is now charged with trafficking controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Also being charged with trafficking a controlled substance, 41-year-old Vickie Shepard.

Police say they think the two were selling the drugs to buyers in Nicholas and surrounding counties.

Both are being held in the Bourbon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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  • by pepper Location: detroit michigan on Dec 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    Although what they did is wrong, lets take a look at some contributing factors, which include reasons like why did they do this, and as a society what is our role in rehabilitation. Once a person is convicted of a felony the chances of them becoming a productive citizen is minimized. If a person tries to do what is right after a certain length of time, they need to be able to have the felony expunged off of thier record, thus increasing thier chances of gaining meaningful and substantial employment. Yes it is wrong, however, if society does not allow them a chance to do better what can we really expect. And yes I do agree the bond is low, but the jail is overcrowded. Instead of kicking people when they are down, why not encourage them with a hand up. Let's offer our experience, strength and hope and encourage people. And yes the police do have a job to do and it sounds like they did a good job on this, although why did they not intervene sooner. Just my opinion.
  • by Veronica Location: Nicolas CO. on Jul 4, 2007 at 06:38 PM
    I think the bail was set way too low for what they were found with plus being a convicted felon. I hope the DEA puts them away for good. Too many young people are dying from drug overdoses. We must teach our children at home and not leaving it to the schools. The good people of this area are so happy that our Police Department has been able to start and I feel will finish this drug problem we have in this county, so our youth and citizens who have had drug problems can be rehabilitated and join the human race again.
  • by Heather Location: Somerset on Jun 30, 2007 at 09:46 PM
    Thank God that we are now getting more and more of these drug pushers off of the street. This is something that needed to be taken care of a long time ago. I believe that a person that is caught with drugs with the intent to sell or not needs to be treated the same as someone is for murder because the drugs that they are selling are killing our citizens whether they want to admit it or not. keep up the good work officers and lets get these people behind bars!!


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