Drug round-up puts several behind bars

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

They came as unexpected visitors to many.

"We're out doing a drug round-up today," said Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department had nearly 20 warrants to serve, most of them for drug trafficking charges.

"Some heroine, and hydrocodone, methadone, roxies," said Blackburn.

By Thursday afternoon nine people had been arrested for drug charges, and four others on non drug-related charges.

Deputies say the drug problem is a never-ending thing, and they say these round-ups are a great way to get criminals off the streets.

"It's a continuous battle. It's a 24 hour job for the sheriff's department," said Deputy Steve Montgomery.

"I can't see it slowing down any. We've arrested hundreds and hundreds of drug dealers and it's still continuing," said Blackburn.

They say as popular as prescription pills are, drugs like heroine are making appearances.

"It's not as popular and easy to access, to obtain, as some of the other drugs that we have in the area but yes it is here," said Montgomery.

But they say no matter what drugs they are, all illegal drug activity needs to be shut down.

Mary Holderby, drug trafficking
William Collier, drug trafficking
Jack Stevens, drug trafficking
Rita Vince, drug trafficking
Norma Collier, drug trafficking
Jason E. Lafferty, drug trafficking
Michael Shawn Thacker, drug trafficking and driving under the influence of drugs
Lucille Hall Thacker, drug trafficking
Randall Vickers, Jr., theft by unlawful taking
Williams McCoy, failure to pay fines
Ricky Wright, theft by unlawful taking
Shawn Wright, theft by unlawful taking

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