Police round up alleged drug offenders

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One eastern Kentucky police department is working to clean up a growing drug problem in their community.

Paintsville Police rounded up dozens of alleged drug offenders Friday as part of a six-month investigation named Operation Spring Cleaning

Captain Michael Roe says drugs are a huge problem in the county, and they want to rid the county of all potential drug dealers.

"We're making a difference in this county and this city. We're out to close these people down," Roe said.

Police started rounding up alleged drug offenders early Friday morning, and in just a few short hours, arrested more than 20 people.

But the biggest bust was an accidental one. While looking for one suspect in a mobile home, police saw an active meth lab in plain view.

"When we made entrance into the home, and the lab was basically sitting in the open," Roe said.

Police found shake and bake labs, needles, meth, and even marijuana.

They arrested Jay Krauter, Stephanie Music, and Travis Blair on several charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"Any time you can take a drug dealer or a meth cooker off the street, you gotta feel good about yourself," Roe said.

Several suspects are still at large, but police are confident they will find them.

"They're small-timers, but we're gonna close them down, we are gonna stop them from selling drugs," Roe said.

"If they're selling drugs they need to change their lifestyle or we will get you, that is a promise," Captain Jason Arms said.

This is the list of people arrested so far:

Earl Rodney Ward, Bennie J. Blevins, Ervin Napier Jr., Charles Burke, Patrick M. Drane, Sandra Farris, Brittany Jo Wells, Steve Wells, Joan Estep, William Stapleton, Sabrina Dyer, Jeff Hunter, Johnny Dennison, Shaun Blackburn, R.B. Robbins, Lora Robbins, Keith Rowland, Kyle Horless, Jay Krauter, Stephanie Music, Travis Blair, Frankie Music, Sarah Hayes, Nancy Preston, Missy Hollins, Glenna Harmon, Kathy Mollette, Bill Baker, Gary Fairchild.

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