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Fight against drug abuse continues in Johnson County

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Cold temperatures and snow did not stop some law enforcement officials from continuing the fight against drug abuse.

Officers served warrants on nearly two dozen people for selling drugs in Johnson County.

Some people woke up on a snowy December Friday to find law enforcement on their doorstep.

'We're giving some of our citizens in the community that chose to sell drugs an early christmas present," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department teamed up with UNITE, the Kentucky State Police Criminal Interdiction Team and the Paintsville Police Department to serve 18 indictments for drug charges.

"To send a message for zero tolerance for this kind of activity," said Deputy Scott Hazlette.

One by one they knocked on doors, and by early afternoon they had arrested many of those 18 wanted for selling prescription pills.

"They need to look over their shoulder. The good citizens of this county are tired of looking of theirs," said Price.

Law enforcement officials say come rain, wind or snow they'll do whatever it takes to fight drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky.

"Worst thing that we can do is nothing and not take some sort of action or whatever to alleviate the situation," said Hazlette.

They say they will continue the fight against drug abuse to help other Eastern Kentuckians rest a little easier.

All those arrested were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention center.

Arrested so far:
Daniel Clark
Matthew Goble
James Jones
Mandy WIreman
Anthony Rasmussen
Michael Stafford
Jon Blair
Connie Arnett

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