ARJAY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County Sheriff's Department arrested suspected drug dealers during a round-up on Thursday. Many of the arrests were in the Arjay community.
Before the sun came up, Bell County Sheriff's Deputies went to Arjay and knocked on suspected drug dealers' doors.
"It's an epidemic. They're running rampant up there. We've got to to do something about it. There's good people that don't deserve to live with that," said Shane Stewart, Bell County Sheriff's Department.
The investigation in Arjay started four months ago. Deputies had 20 warrants for people they say sold drugs to undercover officers.
"We know we have to keep working everyday. There's no let up in this," said Bruce Bennett, Bell County Sheriff.
"They're at it everyday so we have to be too. They don't take days off and we can't either unfortunately," said Deputy Stewart.
By 9:00 in the morning, deputies had arrested 17 of the accused dealers.
Deputies say all of the cases involved either pills, cocaine, or meth.
Deputies say several of those arrested lived near homes with children.
"It's important to me. The children in this county are exposed to this type of activity way too much," said Sheriff Bennett.
"We just hope we can keep the drugs away from one kid. If we can do that, we've made a difference," said Deputy Stewart.
During the round-up, they also recovered an ATV reported stolen from Knox County. Deputies say it was in the woods behind one of the homes in Arjay. Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say it was stolen from Corbin Motorsports.
List of names of those arrested and charges provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department:
Eric Stewart, 32, Highway 119, Two counts of trafficking controlled substance
Jody Saylor, 34, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Gary "Diaperhead" Hoskins, 50, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Rosalee Christopher, 58, Arjay, two counts of trafficking controlled substance
Bruce Sizemore, 53, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Walter Mullins, aka "Pumpkin," 37, Arjay, two counts trafficking controlled substance
Donald W. Lingar, 38, Wallsend Hollow, trafficking controlled substance
Curtis Ogan, 25, Pineville, two counts trafficking controlled substance
Joey Saylor, 32, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Mary Ann Christopher, 31, Arjay, three bench warrants
Tammy C. Brock, 51, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Jimmy Dale Collett, 59, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Leslie Clay Holland, 48, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in original container, three counts possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana
Genia Mason, 40, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Earl Wayne O'Hara, 49, Arjay, trafficking controlled substance
Nathan Clouse, 33, Arjay, two counts trafficking controlled substance