Four More Charged in Breathitt Drug Roundup

JACKSON - Four more individuals have been arrested as part of a drug roundup in Breathitt County conducted by Operation UNITE on Tuesday, July 31.

As of Wednesday evening, 16 of the 22 people sought on drug-dealing charges have been arrested.

Those arrested following the initial morning sweep by UNITE detectives, officers from the Jackson Police Department and troopers from the Kentucky State Police were:

€ Floyd Childers, age 26, of Burcham Fork off KY 52, Jackson, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

€ Jennifer Damron, age 23, Lockard Hollow off KY 52, Jackson, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

€ Sonya Deaton, age 26, of Canoe Road, Jackson, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana.

€ Dexter Howard, age 72, of Beech Grove Road, Jackson, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The suspects were lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail.

The undercover investigation began around the first part of 2007 and primarily involved the sale of OxyContin and Lortab pills.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at .

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² 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 four 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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