BOONEVILLE - A potential pipeline to funnel crack cocaine from Ohio to Owsley County was broken with the arrest of two men by Operation UNITE on Thursday, April 12.
"We don't see crack cocaine in this area very often," said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE's Kentucky River Drug Task Force. "We've not had much of a problem with cocaine in Owsley County, but it is beginning to slowly make its way into Eastern Kentucky - especially from out-of-state sources."
"These two individuals told our undercover detective that they would be able to supply additional quantities of crack cocaine," Luttrell added. "Hopefully we have been able to stop a potentially serious problem before it could reach the streets here in Owsley County."
Charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (crack cocaine) were 37-year-old Anthony Williams and 26-year-old Jonathan Thomas, both of Dayton, Ohio. Williams has a prior conviction for trafficking in cocaine in Ohio.
Both men were lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County.
Through information received during an investigation UNITE detectives learned the men wanted to unload crack cocaine.
About 3 p.m. Thursday the detectives arranged to meet the men at a residence in the Island City community near the Clay County line. An undercover detective met with Williams and agreed to pay $1,400 for what was supposed to be a one-ounce "rock."
Other detectives and a trooper from the Kentucky State Police Richmond Post then converged on the residence and arrested Williams. Thomas was discovered inside the home and he was placed under arrest without incident.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.