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Experience helps EKY sheriff get drugs off streets

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- It’s a sunny day in Johnson County, except for those who cast a shadow against Sheriff Dwayne Price.

“We take drugs very serious,” Price said.

“Eventually they’re going to get caught,” Johnson County Deputy Scott Hazelette said.

Surprise drug round-ups like the one deputies conducted Thursday help slow the flow of meth and prescription pills throughout the county.

“[We’re letting] these people know we’re not going to tolerate drug trafficking and the manufacturing of meth,” Hazelette added.

Sheriff Price and his team of deputies are stronger than most when it comes to the war on drugs.

“We’ve been blessed in that category as far as experience goes,” Price added.

He credits the success of his drug program to the experience he and his deputies got from previously working for Kentucky State Police.

“They know how to put a case together from A to Z and get a conviction,” Price added.

That experience landed six of 13 people targeted in Operation: Spring Clean behind bars Thursday for charges ranging from trafficking drugs to making meth.

Names of those arrested for various drug charges are listed below:

Bobby Dale
Kelly LeMaster
Angle Castle-Yarno
Jonathan Mollette
Candi Price
Henry Lowe

But it’s something Price says, he won’t tolerate within his county.

“I don’t care who you are, if you’re selling and get it on you, we’re going to,” Price said.

The drug program was started in 2011.

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