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Drug Arrests Focus On Out-Of-State Pills

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan


LEXINGTON ­ A federal, state and local effort to address the problem of out-of-state prescription medications has resulted in federal indictments for 12 individuals and arrest warrants by Operation UNITE for 103 street-level dealers.

Among those arrested on federal charges were two licensed pharmacists ­ Dan Daffron, owner of the Quick Script Pharmacy in Monticello, and D. Greg Jones of Richmond, who operates Rx Express in Russell, Kentucky, near Ashland.
Both face multiple charges of unlawful distribution of controlled narcotics.

Also arrested on federal indictments were Adam Justice Palm and Kimberly Monette Palm of Clay County; Roger Dean Combs and Kelly Marie Green of Perry County; and Javed Ashiq, Tonya Lynn Groover and Kurt Francisco Kilgore from Atlanta.

Diversion of prescription medications for unlawful purposes has ³a significant impact on Southeast Kentucky,² stated Amul R. Thapar, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, during a multi-agency news conference Monday, November 20. ³As a team we¹ve gone beyond the borders of Kentucky² to reduce drug availability.

³We¹ve had enough!² proclaimed UNITE Executive Director Karen Engle. ³We¹re no longer going to be the doormat for these drug dealers in Eastern Kentucky.²

UNITE targeted street-level dealers in 11 counties on Monday, but officials note that problems exist everywhere.

³Each of the 29 counties covered by UNITE have people selling pills that originated from out-of-state,² said Dan Smoot, UNITE Law Enforcement Director. ³We are being flooded with thousands of pills each month from Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere. We will continue until we can tear that pipeline down.²

³The scope of the problem is significant, not only in Kentucky but in other states,² said Robert J. Benvenuti III, Kentucky¹s Inspector General.
³Kentucky has taken an aggressive step in preventing prescription abuse and diversion.²

A significant ³tool² in the reducing drug diversion is the KASPER (Kentucky All-Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) System, Benvenutti stated.
³Other states look at Kentucky as the Œgold standard¹.² He added that a recent trend analysis provided ³undisputable² evidence that UNITE¹s approach is working.

Several of the federal cases announced Monday began as part of street-level investigations by UNITE. As additional resources were needed the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney¹s office were brought in. This multi-agency cooperation, Thapar said, has proven very beneficial and will continue.

Kentucky State Police Captain Joe Williams, of the Special Investigations Division-East, echoed these sentiments. ³These people are doing it for money, but other people are dying.²

The attempt to arrest street-level dealers began at 8 a.m. from five locations across the Fifth Congressional District. Most of those wanted are believed to have received prescription medications ­ primarily OxyContin, Lortab and Methadone ­ from out-of-state distributors. Several of the cases resulted in arrests for the sale of marijuana.

UNITE and local law enforcement agencies arrested two people in addition to the original list of suspects while serving arrest warrants.

One woman was arrested in Clay County for attempting to destroy evidence and resisting arrest as officers executed a warrant at a residence on Curry Branch Road. Another woman was arrested after police discovered a working meth lab at a home on Ash Moore Road in Oneida.

Assisting with Monday¹s arrests were officers from the Clay County Sheriff¹s Office, Cumberland Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff¹s Office, Hazard Police Department, Letcher County Sheriff¹s Office, Kentucky State Police, Lawrence County Sheriff¹s Office, Lynch Police Department, Manchester Police Department, Martin County Sheriff¹s Office, Morehead Police Department, Neon Police Department, Perry County Sheriff¹s Office, Pike County Sheriff¹s Office, Prestonsburg Police Department, and Whitesburg Police Department.

The following 63 people were arrested by Operation UNITE as of 5 p.m. on Monday, November 20.

Clay County

€ Gib Botkins, age 72, Greasy Road, Manchester, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Kenneth Wayne Bowling, age 53, Crane Creek Road, Manchester, trafficking in marijuana over 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds.

€ Daniel Brown, age 32, Chop Bottom Road, Manchester, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and two counts trafficking in marijuana.

€ Lisa Brown, age 25, Williams Road, Manchester, two counts trafficking in marijuana.

€ Amanda Brumley, age 37, Green Street, Manchester, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

€ Carl Helton, age 40, Ash Moore Road, Manchester, two counts manufacturing methemphetamine, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces second offense, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

€ Christy Helton, age 38, Ash Moore Road, Oneida, manufacturing methamphetamine.

€ Charles Henson, age 35, Matt Henson Road, Oneida, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

€ James Henson, age 26, Crawfish Road, Manchester, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Roger Jarvis, age 24, Estep Lane, Manchester, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana.

€ Sondra Jones, age 26, Gregory Branch Road, Manchester, tampering with physical evidence. She was also charged by the Clay County Sheriff¹s Office with resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault.

€ Edward Roberts, age 31, Curry Branch Road, Manchester, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense.

€ Amos Sizemore, age 36, Beech Creek Road, Manchester, trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds.

€ Carolyn Guth Sizemore, age 44, Bales Creek Road, Manchester, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Mary Lou Sizemore, age 59, Curry Branch Road, Manchester, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense.

€ Monroe Sizemore, age 67, Greasy Road, Manchester, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

€ Ramona Sizemore, age 32, Beech Creek Road, Manchester, trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds.

€ Bertha Spurlock, age 56, Hogskin Road, Manchester, six counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ William Ward Turner, age 58, Curry Branch Road, Manchester, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Floyd County

€ William Williams, age 46, Fannin Lane, Prestonsburg, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Harlan County

€ Derrick Hall, age 22, Fairchild Street, Cumberland, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Lawrence County

€ Edna Fletcher, age 41, Poorhouse Road, Louisa, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

€ Sonny Fletcher, age 22, Poorhouse Road, Louisa, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Leslie County

€ Edwin D. Morgan, age 34, Highway 421, Hyden, two counts first-degree obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Letcher County

€ Wayne Back, age 30, Ash Street, Partridge, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Connie Birchfield, Ash Street, Partridge, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Chris Boggs, age 27, Highway 160, Linefork, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Patricia Bowling, age 51, Highway 75, Blackey, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Hargus Brown, age 46, Highway 160, Linefork, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Dessie Cornett, age 25, Highway 160, Linefork, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Suzan Geuder, age 28, Eolia, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Deborah Lewis, age 27, Highway 806, Eolia, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Anna Maggard, age 30, Highway 119, Partridge, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Eddie Nease, age 33, Highway 119, Partridge, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Patricia Osborne, age 37, Highway 1195, Eolia, trafficking in a simulated substance.

€ Brittany Potter, age 21, Barnhill Road, Jenkins, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Beverly Profitt, age 25, Escort Drive, Whitesburg, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Bessie Smith, age 27, Oak Ridge Road, Eolia, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Douglas Surber, age 37, Partridge, two counts trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

€ Ricky Thornsberry, age 35, Highway 160, Gordon, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

€ Bertha Turner, age 65, Ingrams Creek, Linefork, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Martin County

€ Lori Dials, age 42, Route 292, Warfield, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Perry County

€ Gary Baker, age 43, Laurel Mountain Road, Yerkees, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Ouida Campbell, age 42, Entertainment Drive, Hazard, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

€ Melvin Caudill, age 28, Whitey Lane, Busy, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Rocky Caudill, age 40, Walker Branch Road, Hazard, five counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Roger D. Combs, age 27, Sharon Rose Road, Hazard, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana.

€ Dustin Coots, age 23, Hominy Mill Road, Hazard, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Winston Dunn, age 59, Raccoon Creek Road, Hazard, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Dwight Eversole, age 40, Jarnigan Place, Hazard, five counts unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

€ Timothy Jent, age 37, Sam Campbell Branch, Krypton, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking under $300.

€ Selena Jones, age 23, Gorman Hollow, Hazard, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Tedrick Little, age 32, Highway 28, Gays Creek, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Cathy Maggard, age 31, Kentucky River Detention Center, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Lanny D. Myers, age 35, Brashear Drive, Hazard, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Greta Napier, age 24, Whitey Lane, Busy, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Harold Neace, age 58, Coral Drive, Dice, four counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Rebecca Walls, age 29, Walkertown Housing, Hazard, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Pike County

€ Steve Coleman, age 43, Island Creek, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Roger Greer, age 65, Island Creek, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Kimberly Mullins, age 36, Island Creek, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Ronald Keith Music, age 37, Island Creek, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana less than 8 ounces, prescription drugs not in original container.

Rowan County

€ Scotty Johnson, age 32, Flemingsburg Road, Morehead, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.


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