Citizen complaints to Operation UNITE's drug tip line have resulted in the arrest of four Harlan County residents.
Officers with the Harlan Count Sheriff's Office and Cumberland Police Department assisted UNITE detectives in making the arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14-15.
Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE's Cumberland Drug Task Force, said the investigations leading up to the arrests were conducted during the past two months.
* George Hensley Jr., age 66, of West Highway 72, Stanfield, two counts third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
* Tresa Lankford, age 48, of Mastin Drive, Cumberland, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
* David Lewis, age 62, of Bradford Square, Cumberland, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of a defaced firearm (handgun).
* Patricia Woodsby, age 51, Bridge Street, Harlan, possession of marijuana.
All four were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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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 three 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)