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Officials say one arrest sends strong message

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email
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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It took nearly two months to find him, but now a Johnson County man sits behind bars on drug charges after officials tracked him down on Monday.

It is just one arrest, but it is an arrest the Johnson County Sheriff's Office hopes sends a strong message to the community.

Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey explains, "With this arrest we are trying to convey the message to the people of Johnson County that we aren't going to tolerate it anymore."

Sheriff Dwayne Price says, Jeremy Burchett, is no stranger to his office and has been picked up on drug charges in the past. Sheriff Price says, "We've been looking for Jeremy for around two months, everytime we would get a tip he wouldn't be there or we would get lied to, so we got a pretty solid tip this morning and went with it."

Officials say arrests like this one play an important role in their war on drugs as it sends a strong message to drug dealers throughout the community.

Sheriff Price explains, "We are still trying to get our message out there for peple that don't understand that we mean business. We are not going to let up, we get a tip on you, we are going to come after you, even if it takes a year to get you, we will get you."

Sheriff Price says they will offer help to those struggling with drugs, but have no tolerance for those who continually bring drugs into the community. "We will offer help to anybody that wants it but if you go his route, we are going to continue to hammer it on you," explains Price.

The ultimate goal, says Sheriff Price, "Rid Johnson County of this prescription drug problem."

Sheriff Price says community tips lead to this arrest.


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