Drug Round-Up Takes Place Beside High School

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

An early morning drug roundup takes police to an apartment complex right next to a high school.

WYMT's Angela Sparkman followed police on the roundup Tuesday morning to that apartment complex and elsewhere in Pike County.

Officers say they're not putting up with people selling drugs by schools.

Tuesday morning they took the suspects to jail and destroyed all the drugs they found.

An early morning drug raid busted Roger Thacker and Ruth Degeorge at the Carl D. Perkins apartments.

Neighbors were glad to see them go.

“It is full of drugs and we have prayed to get the drugs out of here,” Harold Davis said.

Officers wanted them out of there and away from students next door at Shelby Valley High School.

“It's dangerous for our students to have these type of people hanging around so close to our schools,” Sheriff “Fuzzy” Keesee said.

“It's nerve racking to have people that could be high right beside your school and they could come and do things,” Maggie Little said.

Sheriff Deputies claim more suspects were selling drugs down the road.

That's where they found an eight foot tall marijuana plant in the backyard!

Three family members went to jail.

The estimated four thousand dollars worth of pot went up in flames.

School UNITE club members believe the arrests could save classmates from drugs.

“I mean, it if's right next door to where your learning, then you're going to see that happen and it's going to influence you,” Little said.

Sheriff Deputies hope taking the dealers and drugs off the streets, save a student's life.

The 22 suspects are charged with drug trafficking and several face additional charges of selling drugs within one thousand yards of a school.

Officers also say there might be more arrests soon.

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  • by Pike County Citizen Location: Pikeville on Sep 20, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    You see criminals arrested and listed in the paper I like seeing their name, at least the 10% or some of Pike Co who isn’t on drugs knows them.But what people don’t realize is what happens after they are arrested and released the court system fails to bring them to “justice”. Get arrested maybe spend a night in jail (if that depends on who you know), Judge lowers your bond to what $200 or $500, sign that money over to your lawyer then go to court.Then what happens, you pay a fine, $25 a month & the night you spent in jail goes to jail credit & they suspend the rest of a pathetic jail time. It’s a never ending process that I’ve seen thousands of times. Maybe after the 8th or 10th time they get busted, it's a big one and up the creek you go, only to serve about 30 or 60 days of a prison sentence and your lawyer gets you out on shock probation or home incarceration. Print the aftermath of the arrest in the newspaper, the outcome, sentence term, fines, diverted or dismiss
  • by donny Location: ky on Sep 19, 2007 at 02:12 PM
    wish more druggies here in letcher co,would get busted, i love to see a druggie get busted, it makes my day,need to get tuff on thes druggies, give them hard labor in prison from daylight to dark, take there tv.s visiters phones ,then it might stop,,i think in prison they got it made really,,tv phone visiters sports good food i hear, drugs,, give them hard labor in prison ,
  • by Brenda Location: Hazard,Ky on Sep 19, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    I wonder when they will start bustin the drug dealers at Perry Central.My step-daughter went there and at any given time kids are selling pills and pot.Going to the bathroom and to get high then back to class.We put her in drug rehab,and alcohol counseling.She is off all that junk now or she would have been dead.Parents don't get involved in their kids life enough or they just don't think their child would ever do anything to hurt themselves.We got in her business and stayed in it,thats what a parent does.
  • by Concerned Location: Pike County on Sep 19, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    Good thing that a few was finally caught, but there are many many more in the same area. I think it is quite pathetic that most of the one's selling/taking drugs are OLDER people. What great role model's you all are to yor children and grandchildren. No wonder the impact that drugs are having on the younger generation. There just following in Mommy and Daddy's/Grandma and Granpa's foot steps.
  • by Sue Ann on Sep 19, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    More poor people to be suck dry by low life Pikeville democrats.That pot plant is worth 300 bucks the grower,but worth 10,000 to a pikeville lawyer.
  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 19, 2007 at 05:16 AM
    I so glad the officers were able to catch these people! But for every 1 that is caught there are 3 more out there selling it. I've always wonder where the children are getting the money to purchase these drugs? Surely their parents would have enough sense not to be giving them that much money! Maybe not? But where else would they be getting it? Drugs are so much apart of the ecomony. I know people who sell pot to pay their electric bills. I've turned them in and guess what? The judge keeps setting them free to do it again! I think the judge gets his pot from them! There are two different houses in my neighborhood that kids go to for their drugs, the police know about them, but do nothing because everytime the dealers are caught, then judges set them free. I guess the officers feel, why bother. I bet these dealers that were caught also go free to sell again! Until judges are stripped of their authority to release drug dealers, it will continue to be a problem!
  • by donny Location: ky on Sep 18, 2007 at 08:04 PM
    way to go guys bust them all i hate druggies and i hate drugs,,i hope they spend lot of time in jail for this, druggies dont get enuff time behind bars, should get like 10 years for this hard labor then that might teach them,,sad life drugs is,,good job there u did by busten thes druggies
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 18, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Big surprise. Schools are a grwat place to find drugs (and before everybody goes off half cocked, I mean EVERYWHERE, not just Pike County...)
  • by Ethel Location: Pike county on Sep 18, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    Its common knowledge that drugs are in the complex. What took so long.


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