Couple Charged After Search Warrant Yields Drugs, Weapons

Drugs, cash and weapons were discovered during a search at a Martin County residence as a result of numerous complaints to law enforcement officials.

Citizen tips to Operation UNITE and the Martin County Sheriff's prompted a four-month investigation that ultimately led to the arrest of two people.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2007, detectives from UNITE's Big Sandy Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Martin County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the Wolfcreek Road residence of Audrey and Arthur Parsons of Lovely.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of 127 Hydrocodone, 27 Fioricet,
111 Diazepam and 32 Carisoprodol, one handgun, and approximately $1,568.00 in cash by UNITE. In addition, the Martin County Sheriff's Office seized one handgun and four rifles.

UNITE arrested 48-year-old Audrey Parsons on indictment warrants for two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Additional charges are expected as a result of the investigation.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office arrested her husband, 48-year-old Arthur Parsons, on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
An investigation continues regarding the possibility of one or more of the confiscated weapons having been stolen.

The Parsons were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² 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)

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