Updated: 18 people are arrested in drug round-up

18 people are arrested and officials are searching for 6 others after a Floyd County drug round-up.

Sheriff's deputies say the suspects are accused of bringing pills from Florida and Georgia to Floyd County to sell.

Floyd County Sheriff Deputies say they have wanted accused drug dealer Estill Newsome Junior in custody for months.

“Working hard to catch him and we finally caught him,” Sheriff John K. Blackburn said.

Newsome was arrested Monday morning. Police say he was selling prescription pills in the McDowell community, near the elementary school.

Deputies also arrested an uncle and nephew in McDowell, Gregory Moore and John Sherman Moore.

“In the last three months during the investigation, we have bought pills off of them,” Sheriff Blackburn said.

The round-up ends a three-month undercover investigation.

Deputies also arrested nine others and are searching for more suspects. They claim all are putting illegal pills from other states on the local streets.

“Bought pills coming out of Florida, coming out of Georgia. They're bringing the problem back here to Floyd County, back here to sell,” Sheriff Blackburn said.

Officers say the suspects are allegedly selling Roxies, a new drug they say they are starting to see a lot of in our region.

None of those arrested wanted to talk to us as they were taken to jail.

The 24 suspects are charged with drug trafficking.

The following were arrested.

• John Sherman Moore, McDowell
• Gregory Moore, McDowell
• Estill Newsome, Jr., McDowell
• Scott Hamilton, Teaberry
• Victor Rhea
• Carol Bryant, Weeksbury
• Elizabeth Shapiro, Wheelwright
• Gregory Salisbury, McDowell
• Darvis Newsome, Prestonsburg
• Crystal Dawn Newsome, Auxier
• Harry Skeens, Allen
• Brandon Leslie, Allen
• Muril Moore, McDowell
• Wendell Burchett, Harold
• Mary Burchett, Harold
• Talsha Bentley Clover Fork
• Jimmy John Adkins, Betsy Layne
• Louann Bartrum, Martin


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