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Drug bust targets 10 in Martin County

Eight of 10 people wanted for trafficking in prescription drugs were arrested Tuesday, March 9, in a roundup conducted by Operation UNITE.

Law enforcement officials were continuing to try and locate the remaining two individuals Tuesday evening.

The roundup resulted from undercover investigations by UNITE over the past 10 months, during which prescription medication – primarily Hydrocodone and Percocet – were purchased.

Assisting with the roundup were members of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Inez Police Department.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday those arrested by UNITE were:

• Edgan Bowen, age 63, of Thickety Fork Road, Inez, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• James Asher Bowen, age 39, of Thickety Fork Road, Inez, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Tammy Renee Hickman, age 32, of Dempsey Apartments, Warfield, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Hickman, convicted of UNITE drug charges in Lawrence County about four years ago, faces additional charges for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and probation violation.

• Allman Maynard, age 40, of Thickety Fork Road, Inez, three counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jasper Lee Maynard, agea 26, Route 3 North, Inez, one count each of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Linda Jude Mills, age 29, of Route 2032, Inez, one count each of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• April Moore, age 26, of Route 3 Johnson Bottom, Inez, one count first-degree complicity to traffic in a controlled substance.

• Tackett Lee Newsome, age 62, of Milo Road, Inez, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

All suspects were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center following their arrest.

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


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