Drug Roundup in Knox County

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Barbourville and Kentucky State Police teamed up to put alleged drug dealers behind bars.

Police arrested 24 people on drug related charges.
At dawn police hit the streets making arrests.

Officers say the drug problem in our region is getting worse.

"Especially with the economy ...people are doing other things to make ends meet," said Walt Meachum with Kentucky State Police.

Not only did police find the alleged drug dealers ... they also found 10 marijuana plants growing just a few feet away from Randy Burnett's home.

Police say they are frustrated because for many in the roundup, this is not their first time behind bars.

"It's the same people over and over. We will go out there and make arrests and they will go to court... and they will plead. Then they are back on the streets within hours selling drugs. It's not too much of a deterrent," said Meachum.

Officers say they will do what they can in the fight against drugs.

"We must hold those accountable that are a menace to society. It's important to realize most of these transactions took place when children were present," said Mike Broughton with Barbourville Police.

The subjects arrested were:
• Daniel Hatfield, age 32 of Corbin, KY was charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st and Trafficking a Controlled Substance with in 1000 yards of a school. On July 6, 2010 Hatfield pled guilty to Trafficking a Controlled Substance 3rd degree in Whitley County District Court. Three hours later on that same date we made drug buys off of this subject which are now his current charges.

• Randy Burnett, age 36 of Dewitt, KY was charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree. During his arrest, ten marijuana plants were found at his residence and he was charged with Cultivating Marijuana over five plants.

• Kayla Parker, age 26 of Corbin, KY was charged with Unlawful possession of Meth Precursor, Unlawful Distribution of Meth Precursor, Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth

• Matthew Parker, age 31 of Corbin, KY was charged with Unlawful possession of Meth Precursor, Unlawful Distribution of Meth Precursor, Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth

• William R. Logan, age 40 of East Bernstadt, KY was charged with Unlawful possession of Meth Precursor, Unlawful Distribution of Meth Precursor, Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth

• Lula Lake, age 58 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Regina Smith, age 23 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Lonnie Barrett of Barbourville, KY was charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Tony Roark, age 48 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Gordon Bruner, age 48 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree and Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Patricia Bruner, age 36 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Kathy Smith, age 52 of Barbourville, KY was charged with three counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Denise Jones of Green Road, KY was charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Joseph Collett, age 59 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Joseph Hughes, age 30 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Pamela Mason, age 27 of Barbourville, KY charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Kevin Sizemore, age 24 of Heidrick, KY charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Jessica Isom, age 27 of Heidrick, KY charged with two counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

• Curtis Reed, age 48 of Gray, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Kathy Baker, age 43 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Trafficking a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

• Anthony Davis, age 33 of Girdler, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance with in 1000 yards of a School and Trafficking Marijuana less than 8 ounces

• Lavola Crawford of Green Road, KY was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

Warrants are still active for these subjects that were not located during the round-up:

• Brian Mills of Barbourville, KY for Trafficking Marijuana less than 8 ounces

• Sheila Walker of Corbin, KY for Unlawful possession of Meth Precursor, Unlawful Distribution of Meth Precursor, Criminal Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth

• Becky Gambrel of Flat Lick, KY for Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree

• Tyrone Blalock of Corbin, KY for Trafficking a Controlled Substance 1st degree, Trafficking a Controlled Substance 2nd degree and Trafficking a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Other arrests are pending at this time for subjects that were not located during the round up. To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, 1-800-DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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  • by jeff on Jul 24, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    i think pickards doing a great job,hope he cleans all the drugs up,or atleast put a hurt on them that do it
  • by William Location: seky on Jul 20, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Fences make good neibours,You see we have countys and county Judges and the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised, its called jurisdictions, Kentucky is subdivided into 120 counties,You see they are reasons for this,Its lifestyle all people are not natured the same we are not clones, Operation Unite is trying to overturn The townships, The people that was elected by each county now answers to appointed rulers Like court watch if a Judge has to be watched Then why do we need them? and county elections at all? Just do away with county lines, then state lines, and then national Lines, and take away the rites of the people By Giant Government, and then everyone will pretty much be without a home ,City,County,State,Then finally a nation is that what we want Cancer starts out in little cells before it spreads in to the whole body and distroys its host I say we stop Hosting Operation Unite, I will vote differnt the next election No Hal Rogers and no Barack Obama.
  • by charles Location: ivel on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM
    There is a difference between someone like Keith who has legitimate needs for medication and most of these bums out here that would not work if you took a stick to them. Some of these lawyers like Mr SSI and others who help phony up many of these draw claims and have doctors who will gladly go along and also give out pills should be investigated and indicted for fraud and for starting these folks on uneeded drugs. My dad was hurt in WWII, had lung issues and back problems for years and never took pill one for it, so dont tell me all this dope is necessary for a great majority of the "lay downs" to survive. If you can walk, ride a 4 wheeler, hunt and fish--- you are certainly able to work at something! MAN UP!
  • by William Location: seky on Jul 19, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Mike you sound like your for doing away with all modern medicine, You blooming idiot you should get cancer of the bones and have to ride a horse to a ditch digging job until its bounced your back bone in tow,You have not never been sick have you mike? I bet not,Oh yes and we need the UN to come in Barbourville and over throw all our local Government what would we call Kentucky then? They are some things even worse then drugs its looseing your state to a extreemest group, operation Unite has a new flag,and is looking for help from any outside force to come to your house as long as it can find the other , really freedoms are being taken away from high elected officals its all part of the new world order, In time no one will be able to go to the drs if all this drama keep up Good Jobs for the Unite people and then send them to jail for something and Kentucky can change its name, I had rather see drunks staggering like irish up and down the streets as to have a big police state rule all.
  • by Let's vote foe new judges Location: Bell county on Jul 19, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Let's vote and get these old judges out need some new blood what a joke we have never had a honest judge if there honest when they get in there it won't last long and let's put some new young state police officers in bell get rid of walt and Curtis to of the worse crroupt they are
  • by keith Location: port richey fla on Jul 19, 2010 at 06:26 AM
    watch who you judge i have 8 roda an 8 screws holding my back toge ther i had the choice a wheel chair or a cane with chronic pain the rest of my life i chose to walk like a man constant pain level of 5 to 6 with pain meds i use pain meds per dr care i used to crit people with back issues now look where i am be careful who you talk about it can strike home any time i hope it dose not
  • by mike Location: ga on Jul 19, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    the drug problam begins with the good old dr's they dont think twise about giving pain meds.some apresnt dont think twise about giving their children ilegual pain killers when they ask for them i have witnesed it. if there wasnt any users there would be no dealers time in jail should be twise as much fro the users and the fines three times as much you would see the drug chain start to crumble. im asking all law enforcment officers to see that the laws are pased and stringthened to stop the usere cold in their tracks im shure the population can do without these ppl for a while take up petitions send them to your governers in every state remember the supplyers first,theusers second and the dealers. most dr's are the bigest dealers aint they.
  • by charles Location: ivel on Jul 18, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    Yet more working aged folks who do dope and sell dope rather than work! We need to get the chain gang or a work farm set up in Ky for all these druggies and sweat the poison out of them while doing rehab and counseling. It's gone on far too long. These lawyers and doctors are in cahoots and get able bodied people on draw checks while perscribing pills to get them started on dope. They get hooked and end up having to sell dope to supply their habit. Just because you are too sorry to work or supposedly have a bad back or nerves doesnt mean there should be pills given to you. Go to a chiropractor, take a BC powder and make do like our parents had to. They always found a way to feed their families without crime or drugs being involved. We had men crippled in the war who came right back and worked! They got no check nor pills and our society was far better off! We need to cut out about 50-75% of the Rx meds going out each month and that would greatly reduce our drug problem!
  • by Jack Location: Harlan poor house on Jul 18, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    is the state police complaining about the court?? the police dont do their jobs either, or we wouldn't have this many drug dealers in the first place. most people think the police wear badges so we can identify they from the pushers.
  • by Bob Location: Kentucky on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    Take them all down!!! Great job police!

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