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Drug round-up in Floyd County

Police targeted street level drug dealers in eastern Kentucky in a round-up.

17-arrest warrants were issued in Floyd County for alleged drug dealers.

The roundup was part of a eight month investigation in which undercover officers bought prescription drugs.

Floyd County Sheriff John Blackburn says increased drug trafficking is something they have come to expect during the Christmas season.

“It’s very sad when you have to get out and do a job like this and know that they are trying to sell more pills when it comes to a holiday like this. They are trying to make more money and it's killing our kids and we are just out here every day investigating,” Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn said.

Most of the pills purchased during the undercover investigation were OxyCodone or Hydrocodone pain medication.

They arrested 10 of the 17 people they were looking for in the roundup.

Included in the the round-up was a man from Pulaski County accused of sending drugs to an inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center.

. George Adkins, 63, KY 3379, Grethel, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

. Eugene Arms, 43, Georges Branch, East Point, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

. Joshua Blanton, 24, Myrtle Branch, Prestonsburg, cultivating of marijuana
(30 plants).

. Donna Case, 51, Little Mud, Harold, one count each second-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a
controlled substance.

. Finley Case, 45, Little Mud, Harold, one count each second-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a
controlled substance.

. Ronald Gayheart, 59, Middle Branch, McDowell, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and two counts possession of a shotgun by a convicted felon.

. Anthony Gunnels, 37, River Pass Road, Harold, three counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

. Randall Ratliff, 37, Big Branch Hollow Road, Honaker, one count
second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

. Tracy Risner, 23, Madison Avenue, Prestonsburg, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


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