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Two Dozen Sought In Lawrence Drug Roundup

LOUISA - Indictment warrants for individuals selling Morphine, OxyContin and Hydrocodone in and around Lawrence County were served during an Operation UNITE drug roundup conducted Thursday, August 30.

As of mid-afternoon, 16 of 24 individuals wanted by UNITE had been located.

One of the suspects, 23-year-old Joshua Sleasman of Southland Plaza, Louisa, was also charged by the Kentucky State Police with trying to flee apprehension by escaping through a trap door and with additional arrest warrants. Four people at the residence were charged with trying to hinder Sleasman's arrest.

Five people - all members of two families - identified as being the biggest drug traffickers during the six-month investigation, were still at large Thursday afternoon, said Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE's Big Sandy Drug Task Force. "We believe these folks may have fled out-of-state. We are asking for the public's help to locate them."

Among those still being sought are:

• Rose Mary Johnson, age 47, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, seven counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count trafficking in a simulated controlled substance, two counts first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, two counts second-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, and 11 counts second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Bridget Moore, age 27, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, (Johnson's daughter), one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, four counts second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Chad Johnson, age 27, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, (Johnson's nephew), one count each first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Allen W. Sword, age 45, Third Street, Louisa, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

• DeWayne Campbell, age 21, Third Street, Louisa (Sword's son) one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts second-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

Dalrymple said the Jonson's have been dealing drugs in Lawrence County for at least three years. During the UNITE investigation, the primary drug purchased was morphine.

Sword, whom Dalrymple called "a life-long drug dealer," is currently on federal probation for a drug trafficking conviction. He and his son were primarily dealing in OxyContin.

Most of the drugs sold to confidential informants working for UNITE came from legitimate prescriptions and diverted to illegal purposes, Dalrymple said, adding some individuals were believed to have gone out-of-state to obtain their drugs.

More than two dozen law enforcement officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Kentucky State Police and Louisa Police Department participated in the roundup, staged at the county fiscal court meeting room.

"We really appreciate the assistance received from Lawrence County Sheriff Garret Roberts," Dalrymple said. "Anything we've ever asked for he has helped."

After being processed, prisoners were lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson County.

Those charged Thursday were:

• Mary Bowen, age 53, Pike Street Apartments, Louisa, first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance and trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Roy Bowen, age 56, Pike Street Apartments, Louisa, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Lacey Brittney Caudill, age 22, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance, three counts first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, and three counts second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Brandi Fallis, age 22, Powhatin Lane, Louisa, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Carlos Scott Hammond, age 23, Highway 1690, Louisa, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Mike Hazelett, age 47, Old Lick Creek Road, Louisa, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Donald E. Hickman, age 29, Ginger Street, Louisa, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Vergina Johnson, age 29, Southland Plaza, Louisa, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Willliam "Bill" Levering, age 46, Ginger Street, Louisa, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Phillip Moore, age 40, Franklin Street Apartments, Louisa, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Carol Osborne, age 48, Louisa, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• James Osborne, age 26, Louisa, three counts trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Nathaniel Pack, age 23, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

• Joshua Sleasman, age 23, Southland Plaza, Louisa, two counts trafficking in a simulated controlled substance, two counts first-degree wanton endangerment, one count felony theft by unlawful taking, and one count second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Debra K. Tingler, age 21, Swan Lane, Louisa, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. (Tingler is currently in the Boyd County Jail on unrelated charges.)

• Jonathan Young, age 29, Lackey Avenue, Louisa, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender, and trafficking in a simulated controlled substance.

Charged by the Kentucky State Police were:

• Amanda L. Bowen, age 22-year-old Route 3, Louisa, second-degree hindering apprehension.

• Barbara K. Jude, age 23, Inez, second-degree hindering apprehension.

• James C. Jude, age 26, Inez, second-degree hindering apprehension.

Karen D. Webb, age 24, Louisa, second-degree hindering apprehension.

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

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" 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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