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15 people facing drug charges after early morning roundup

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - More than one dozen people are behind bars in Johnson County after a drug round up that officials say resulted from a three month investigation.

They hit the streets early Thursday morning cracking down on drug offenders.

"We're calling this 'Operation The Heat Is On' and again we're giving the people who choose to stand on the wrong side of the fence another wake up call," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Undercover investigations led to 10 indictments on various charges including drug trafficking and manufacturing meth.

A handful of others were picked up on similar charges.

A total of 15 people are now facing 29 total charges.

"The sad thing about it is we just had an overdose at one of these residences last week. That's what we're trying to stop. We're trying to stop these senseless overdoses," said Price.

Numbers from the Office of Drug Control Policy show these roundups may be working.

There were 19 overdose deaths in Johnson County in 2011 and only eight in 2012.

"Will we ever eradicate the problem out of the county? No but we'll give it our best shot to make it as rough on them as we can," said Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey.

With more than one dozen accused offenders off the streets officials say every little bit helps.

Deputies say most of these investigations stem from tips that come in from the public, so they encourage those to keep coming in.

Arrested:
-Larry Blackburn
-Joseph Young
-Courtney Williams
-Kenny Meeks
-Joey Hunter
-Tabitha Hunter
-April McCarty
-Shawn Tharp
-Maggie Medicus
-David Blevins
-Kendra Well
-Rebecca Dennison
-Shyla Selvage

Deputies still searching for Chris Stambaugh.


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