Shipment of Pills Intercepted; One Man Charged

A Magoffin County resident who had been receiving prescription pills through the mail and reselling them locally was arrested Wednesday, March 5.

Jason Slusher, 26, of Salyersville, was charged with first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

The arrest came following a two-month joint investigation between detectives from Operation UNITE, the Magoffin County Sheriff¹s Office, and the U.S. Postal Service.

The investigation was initiated after Sheriff Bob Jordan received a tip that Slusher was receiving weekly packages containing controlled narcotics. UNITE detectives were asked to help with the case.

UNITE Law Enforcement Director Dan Smoot said Slusher¹s mother and her boyfriend had been sending the drugs from Albion, Michigan, for at least the last six to eight weeks.

Earlier this week, a special agent with the U.S. Post Office in Salyersville
intercepted one of the U.S. Express mail packages and obtained a federal search warrant. Inside the package they discovered 40 OxyContin 80mg tablets.

Police were on hand when Slusher came and signed for the package at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. He was immediately taken into custody.

According to Smoot, Slusher was delivering the packages to another person in Magoffin County to be sold.

Possible charges against Slusher¹s mother and boyfriend are pending further investigation.

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


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