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Dozens arrested in EKY during Operation Black Friday round-up

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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Of the 479 people sought for arrest in Operation Black Friday, more than 100 were in Eastern Kentucky.

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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police are calling it the biggest drug round-up in agency history. Three hundred people across the state are behind bars for various drug charges and they are still looking for more.

State police call it Operation "Black Friday."

Of the 479 people sought, more than 100 were in Eastern Kentucky. Fifty-seven warrants were in Perry County, the most in the state.
Troopers also sought 26 in Whitley County, 23 in Pike County, 18 in Knott County, and 12 in Bell County. Several were also sought in Harlan, Pulaski, Lee, and McCreary Counties.

"We've been working on the investigations for most of the year and Operation Black Friday has been in the works the last couple of months," said Sgt. Jacqualine Pickrell with Post 10.

State police say the cases include pills, marijuana, meth, and heroin.

Troopers say those arrested are considered "low-level" offenders but the arrests are expected to create a high level impact.

I think it sends a message we're not going to tolerate drug trafficking. It sends a message that if you're going to sell drugs or buy drugs, that we're going to investigate you, we're going to come after you, we're going to arrest you," said Sgt. Pickrell.

Pineville City Police were pleased to see Operation Black Friday. They believe taking this many accused dealers out of the community will help reduce crime.

"It's a good thing. It helps us. If nothing else, it slows it down for awhile. It makes it safer, if nothing else for people to go to school, people to go to grocery store because they don't have to deal with the users," said Pineville Police Chief Charles Matthews.

Troopers say many of the investigations started from the state police toll free tip line and text a tip program.

Investigators say more arrests are pending.

Many of the names are not released yet.

The KSP Post in London released this list of names of those arrested in Whitley County.

Marvin D. Carter, 47, of Woodbine, KY charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree in Whitley County.

Helen J. Canada, 48, of Woodbine, KY charged with two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and one count of Trafficking in a Legend Drug in Whitley County.

Jammy D. Poore, 38, of Rockhold, KY charged with one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree in Whitley County.

Wesley Varga, 34, of Woodbine, KY charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree Boyle County.

Timothy A. Kersey, 34, of Williamsburg, KY charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree in Whitley County.

Timothy W. Curnutt, 39, of Williamsburg, KY charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree in Whitley County.

Kristy L. Baker, 34, of Barbourville, KY charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree in Whitley County.

James Bell, 44, of Barbourville, KY charged with four counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree in Whitley County.

Daniel C. Ball, 28, of Stearns, KY charged with one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree in McCreary County.

Jacob E. Renfro, 22, of Stearns, KY charged with one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree in McCreary County.

Also arrested as the result of a joint Kentucky State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) investigation were the following:

Garey Croley, 47, of Gatlif, KY

Johnny Blakley, 50, of Williamsburg, KY

Lois J. White, 49, of Williamsburg, KY

Travis White, 30, of Williamsburg

The four above suspects charges include the following:

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance, 17 counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, 5 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, one count of Possession of a Firearm which is not registered in the National Firearms Register and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.


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