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Roundup Targets Prescription Pill Traffickers

PIKEVILLE – An investigation by Operation UNITE into the illegal sales of prescription drugs in Pike County resulted in arrest warrants being issued for 22 suspected dealers.

Law enforcement officers conducted a roundup of these dealers, plus an additional five people wanted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, October 25.

By early afternoon police had arrested 19 of the 27 suspects.

An undercover investigation into complaints of drug trafficking began around May, said Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force.

Dalrymple noted the most common drugs purchased were OxyContin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Suboxone (a non-narcotic controlled substance).

Assisting UNITE detectives in the roundup were officers from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Pikeville Police Department, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Probation and Parole, and the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation.

After being processed at the Marrowbone Fire Department, the suspects were taken to the Pike County Detention Center by jail officials.

Those arrested by UNITE as of 2:30 p.m. were:

• Josh Adams, age 29, Adams Lane, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school and persistent felony offender.

• Charles R. Bowling, age 46, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Crystal Bowling, age 35, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Dell Bowling, age 51, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• John J. Clevenger II, age 31, Rockhouse Road, Rockhouse, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Danny D. Fleming, age 56, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Brandon Holbrooks, age 21, Marrowbone Creek Road, Lookout, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, persistent felony offender.

• Edith M. Holbrooks, age 33, Marrowbone Creek Road, Rockhouse, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Bertha Little, age 45, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Billy R. Little, age 71, Alleghany Road, Hellier, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

• Roger D. Little, age 46, Bowling Fork Road, Lookout, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

• Eddie D. Newsome, age 58, Alleghany Road, Hellier, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Harold Price, age 58, Route 195, Hellier, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• John D. “Buck” Williams, age 42, Alleghany Road, Hellier, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Tommy D. Williams, age 37, Alleghany Road, Hellier, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed $33.1 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past four years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

Drug Tip Hotline – 1-866-424-4382 / Treatment Referral Hotline – 1-866-90-UNITE (1-866-908-6483)


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