Deputies uncover thousands in alleged stolen property during drug bust

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Sheriff's deputies in Leslie County said they have been dealing with too many violent crimes and thefts lately. They said they believe many of those are drug related.

Deputies said the latest thefts have been in the Jacks Creek community, including some at a church.

After one home burglary, law enforcement officials said they found a variety of alleged stolen items, from power tools and electronics to vehicles.

“We would need an 18 wheeler to bring all that stuff out of there,” said Deputy Adrian Cornett of the Leslie County Sheriff's Department.

Cornett said a series of thefts in the Jacks Creek community led them to an 'unofficial' junk yard.

“Initially we were just talking to a lot of folks and the next thing you know we are doing the search warrant and this is what we come up with,” said Cornett, when he referred to the items in the Leslie County Sheriff’s Department.

Cornett said thousands of dollars in tools, electronics and other items were recovered from the home on Highway 406. He said he thought this was just the tip of the iceberg.

“More of that stuff will probably come up stolen,” said Cornett.
“It’s still ongoing.”

Deputies said they found items all over the junk yard as if they were intentionally hidden. They said they are checking the Vehicle Identification numbers on thins like ATVs and motorcycles to see if they come up stolen.

Officials said they also found a shotgun, several bags of pot, pills and a bag full of a white substance. Eric Roark, 44, and 42-year-old Melinda Roop were arrested on multiple drug charges.

Roark was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, having a prescription controlled substance not in original container and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Roop was charged with the same charges and Cornett said he believes there were more people involved.

He said he wanted to get the items back to their rightful owners and put an end to this, once and for all.

“All of this stuff was brought to him to trade for drugs, more than likely,” said Cornett.

“This here is just a small quantity and we are going to do what we can to stop it.”

Roark and Roop will be arraigned in Leslie County District Court on Tuesday morning. Cornett said there could be more charges pending.

Anyone with information or anyone who believes they may have connections to some of the items you saw should contact the office at 606-672-2200.

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