Four more people have been arrested in connection with an April 11 roundup of suspected drug dealers in Clay County.
These individuals were among 35 people targeted by Operation UNITE as part of on-going investigations into illegal drug dealing over the past six months.
Twenty four of the suspects were arrested during the initial sweeps – a Hot Spot operation conducted in the Horse Creek community during the morning and a county-wide search in the afternoon. The new arrests all came Wednesday evening. They are:
• David D. Holt, age 25, Crawfish Road, Manchester, trafficking in marijuana.
• Tony Hoskins, age 41, Gabbards Fork Road, Manchester, second-degree possession of a controlled substance second offense.
• Mark A. Prilaman, age 44, Gregory Branch Road, Manchester, trafficking in marijuana.
• Gary Woods, age 45, Long Bottom Road, Manchester, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Operation Hot Spot is an effort by UNITE to target drug-stricken communities by arresting the dealers and following up with a community meeting to empower residents with the information and resources needed to keep their neighborhoods drug-free.
Most of the 19 individuals wanted in Wednesday’s Hot Spot operation lived on Crawfish Road, Curry Branch, Gregory Branch Road or Roots Branch Road.
A meeting for Horse Creek residents will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Horse Creek Baptist Church on KY 80.
During the afternoon part of the roundup law enforcement officers targeted individuals from throughout the county to arrest 16 people, most of whom were wanted for the sale or manufacturing of methamphetamine.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.