Wolfe Drug Investigation Leads To 14 Indictments

CAMPTON ­ Fourteen suspected drug dealers from three Eastern Kentucky counties were targeted for arrest Tuesday, September 11.

The roundup operation followed a six-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE. All of the drug purchases occurred in Wolfe County.

³We purchased marijuana and cocaine -- and everything in between,² said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE¹s Kentucky River Drug Task Force.

Law enforcement officials began picking up suspect about 8 a.m. After being processed at the Campton Fire Department those arrested were lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.

Pastor David Spencer of the Bear Pen Worship Center was on hand to counsel those arrested as they were brought in for processing.

Participating in the roundup along with UNITE were members of the Wolfe County Sheriff¹s Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and Kentucky State Police Morehead Post.

This was the fourth time UNITE has staged a roundup in Wolfe County.

³You may not always see us, but our detectives are actively working to rid Wolfe County of these dealers,² Luttrell said. ³One way citizens can help is by anonymously reporting suspected drug activity by calling our toll-free tipline at 1-866-424-4382.²

As of 3 p.m. police had served arrest warrants on the following six

€ Frankie Garnett Jr., age 26, Highway 1010 (Johnson Fork), Campton, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Jacob Hanson Jr., age 42, Jetts Drive, Jackson (Breathitt County), one count possession of a forged prescription.

€ James Ratliff, age 27, Taylor King Road (Rocky Branch), Campton, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Ryan Roberts, age 22, Highway 746, Campton, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Police found a small quantity on Roberts at the time of his arrest and added a possession of marijuana charge.

€ Chris Settles, age 27, Big Andy Ridge, Rogers, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Nina Whitley, age 60, Lee City, one count 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 citizen of campton Location: campton on Sep 16, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    i am a student in the UNITE club and i an so glad to see that more Drugs have been taken off of the streets.and out of childrens lives. but there are still lots of drugs out there and i hope one day i can help clear these streets so we can have a true Drug FREE COMMUNITY!!!!
  • by Anonymos Location: Campton on Sep 14, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    It's about time the people that sneak around selling drugs are caught. People that wait at the end of the road to make pick-ups, and live in the woods thinking the law won't find them. GREAT JOB
  • by delia Location: campton on Sep 13, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    It's a great job unite is doing but the courts are letting you down. The ones they caught last time are walking the streets now, you is teaching school!
  • by anonymos Location: ky on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:38 PM
    i think it's wonderful work you guys are doing, but it seems to me that your only catching the small fish. it seems that every time you make a bust like this one the amount of drug dealers out there doubles or triples. and whats getting done about the people who use drugs but don't sell them.
  • by anonymous Location: powell on Sep 12, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    Congratulations U.N.I.T.E., Now is the time to take their bosses and the doctors that are letting the prescription pads stolen so that the dealers can't get the drugs to sale... And what about the ones that are going into OH and WV to get their illegal drugs....
  • by donny Location: ky on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    good job u doing there unite, keep up the good work,,now if the judge would give them long time in jail or prison it be fine,,i love to see druggies get busted ,,good job ,


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