17 behind bars after Jackson County drug roundup

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Six local law enforcement agencies began working on their New Year's resolution Wednesday morning. That resolution is to put an end to drug trafficking in Jackson County.

A year long investigation allowed Operation UNITE to obtain twenty arrest warrants on alleged drug trafficking charges.

"Mostly they've been dealing hydrocodone, oxycodone, some marijuana, and suboxone." says Paul Hays with Operation UNITE.

Although the warrants were for people living all around the county, there was one apartment building in particular that led to five arrests.

"There have always been problems with trafficking there. We've really started putting a lot of pressure on shutting it down." says Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman.

And bailing out of jail may be a little harder than normal for the 17 who were put behind bars on Wednesday.

"Well the judge has set a significant bond, on most of these individuals it's anywhere from $10,000 to 30,000 so they may be in jail for some time." Hays adds.

Both Hays and Peyman hopes a message has been sent to those selling and using drugs to make things right in the New Year.

"From street level all the way to federal, we are not picking and choosing, we are taking everyone." adds Peyman.

County officials say this is just the first of many more drug roundup's to come.

As of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday officers had arrested 17 of the suspects and lodged them in the Jackson County Detention Center. They are:

• Ricky Abner, 48, U.S. 421, Sand Gap, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Robert Adkins, 49, Adkinstown Road, McKee, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender. In addition, Adkins was arrested by the Two Rivers Task Force after a large quantity of pills and cash were found at his residence during the roundup.

• Danny Bowles, 33, Sand Gap, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Juanita Caldwell, 26, Jackson Valley Apartments, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Georgia May Clemons, 55, Clemons Road, Sand Gap, four counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Chester Collett, 66, Doolittle Road, Annville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Adam Shane Gabbard, 26, Farmer Cemetery Road, McKee, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jeannie Johnson, 39, U.S. 421, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• William Kirby, 35, Kirby Road, Sand Gap, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Tommy Lakes, 23, Upper Dry Fork Road, Sand Gap, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Lana Mays, 21, Jackson Valley Apartments, McKee, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Mark McGeorge, 35, Jackson Valley Apartments, McKee, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Bradley Muncy, 32, Jackson Valley Apartments, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Judy Robbins, 49, Roberts Court Apartments, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jesse William Smith, 19, Jackson Valley Apartments, McKee, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

• Tammy Spurlock, 33, Brushy Ridge Road, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

• Cloyd Young, 50, McKee, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


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