Drug Felon Back In Jail After Search; Second Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

HAZARD ­ Less than a year after being released from prison a Perry County man again faces confinement on drug trafficking charges.

Lonnie W. ³Pud² Standafer was arrested Tuesday, January 17, at his home in the Vicco community following a two-week investigation by Operation UNITE.

UNITE detectives, assisted by the Perry County Sheriff¹s Office and Hazard Police Department, went to the 52-year-old¹s Scuddy Branch Road home about 5 p.m. to serve a search warrant.

During the search law enforcement officials found 45 Methadone pills, 89 Xanax and $2,000 in cash, said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE¹s Kentucky River Drug Task Force.

Standafer was arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

Currently Standafer is on three years supervised release after having served
41 months on a federal drug-trafficking conviction. Luttrell said the U.S.
Probation and Parole Office in Pikeville has been notified about the latest charges.

While detectives were conducting the search they answered a telephone call from a man saying he had 50 Lorcet pills for sale and they arranged for him to come to the home.

Police charged 50-year-old Michael W. Sumner, of Oakwood Avenue, Vicco, with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Both men were lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center.

Luttrell said the investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.

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


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