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Several Arrested In Operation UNITE Drug Roundup

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

They're facing drug charges, but now Operation UNITE officials say they're also facing a chance to turn their lives around.

Those who leave an Operation UNITE drug roundup in handcuffs say their day can result in one of two ways, in pain or with a chance at redemption.

"I feel like they're at a breaking point, and it's a time of decision. Kind of look at their life and make some examination," said Greg Deaton, Pastor of the New Salem Baptist Church.

In a morning that started with more than one-third of the 26 arrest warrants issued involving the manufacture or possession of meth products, it's an afternoon that gives those arrested a chance to turn their worst day into their best.

"Meth is probably the biggest problem, the most dangerous drug, that we have in this area," said Laurel County Sheriff Fred Yaden.

"The drug problems in our area are tremendous and the church is more than an adequate hope station for people who find themselves in that situation," Deaton said.

"It's gonna have to be a lifestyle change. Not just put them in jail," said Joel Cunigan with Operation UNITE.

"Oh, I believe in God. If it wasn't for God, I wouldn't be here," said Thomas Earley, who was arrested on drug charges.

And if it wasn't for UNITE, the sheriff's department, city and state police, they might not be here either.

Those arrested Wednesday were:

* Thomas Jeff Earley, age 46, Earley Lane, London, possession of marijuana less than 8 ounces.

* Lorrie Michelle Mosley Harbin, age 30, Maplesville School Road, London, unlawful possession of meth precursors.

* Rodney Steven Harbin, age 34, Maplesville School Road, London, unlawful possession of meth precursors.

* Amy Alesia Lewis, age 39, Highway 490, East Bernstadt, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

* George E. Lewis Jr., age 39, Highway 490, East Bernstadt, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

* Jonathan Osborne, age 28, Highway 461, Mt. Vernon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, and persistent felony offender.

* Jesse Perkins, age 54, Dawn Springs Road, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

* Josh Caleb Plane, age 25, Baker Lane, London, possession of marijuana less than 8 ounces.

* Archie Cecil Scott, age 48, Fire Station Road, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana 8 ounces to 5 pounds, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces.

* June Ann Scott, age 45, Fire Station Road, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana 8 ounces to 5 pounds, and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

* Linda Sellards, age 49, West Pine Hill Road, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

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

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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)


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