Pawn shop manager is arrested for allegedly dealing drugs in the store

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The manager of a Prestonsburg pawn shop is arrested on charges he allegedly sold drugs at the store.

Prestonsburg Police arrested Bill Crider at the EZ Pawn Shop Wednesday afternoon.

Prestonsburg Police believe there was more than a pawn business inside the EZ Pawn Shop. Manager Bill Crider was indicted on drug trafficking charges.

“The allegation is that it did take place in the shop,” Prestonsburg Police Chief Mike Ormerod said.

Prestonsburg Police arrested Crider at the store on Wednesday.

The indictment comes after a yearlong investigation.

“We had a lot of complaints of heavy traffic, not only did appear to be pawn shop business but possibly a lot of other people that did not appear to be customers of the pawn shop,” Chief Ormerod said.

Police say undercover officers made several buys of illegal prescription pills at the store.

Last June, police raided the business and say they found pills, $17,000 in cash, and guns.

Police closed the store for the day, but say this arrest does not affect the pawn business.

“As of right now it's closed, but it can open if Crider is released on bond,” Chief Ormerod said.

Crider is being held in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Officials say no bond is set yet.

This arrest was part of a round-up between Prestonsburg police and the attorney general's office.

12 people were arrested on drug trafficking charges and they are searching for four more suspects.

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