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Bell County drug round-up targets Arjay community

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
Bell County Sheriff

MGN Online

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Bell County Sheriff's Deputies say the Arjay community is considered the worst part of the county for drug trafficking.

Tuesday, they cracked down and made eight arrests and are looking for three others.

Deputies say each of the people arrested sold drugs ranging from cocaine to prescription pills.

"These drug dealers will sell to as young as, as long as they've got money, they will sell to them. I'm proud as a peacock to get them off the street, for awhile anyway," said Bruce Bennett, Bell County Sheriff.

Investigators say each of the accused drug dealers arrested on Tuesday live in or near the Arjay community.

"It's probably the worst part of the county for drug trafficking. As many arrests we've made this year, there's probably more still to make yet," said Shane Stewart, Bell County Sheriff's Deputy.

Tuesday morning, deputies had warrants to arrest 11 accused drug dealers. Undercover investigations led to the warrants. Deputies say the undercover operation in Arjay started ten months ago.

"We're trying to clean stuff up for people who have to live around this stuff. They don't deserve that. I'm from that community myself, grew up around it. It's just not something you want to see everyday," said Deputy Stewart.

The Sheriff says more investigations are underway in several parts of the county.

"As long as we're here, we're going to keep investigating illegal drug trafficking," said Sheriff Bennett.

They say more arrests are possible in the future.

List of those arrested on Tuesday provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department:

Donald D. Fugate, 44, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
Huston Wolfgang, 45, Pineville, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
Goldie Pridemore, 30, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
James Frye, 58, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
George Pace, 32, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
Jody Christopher, 41, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 1st degree (cocaine)
Jeremiah Fugate, 34, Pineville, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree
Johnny Dale Lankford, 39, Arjay, trafficking a controlled substance, 2nd degree and served warrant for another agency


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