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Perry County drug bust nets cocaine, pills and cash

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - More than $16,000, cocaine, and prescription pills.

That is what police found after a drug bust in Perry County. Officers say it is a familiar problem.

Officers with the Hazard Police Department say Tuesday night's bust was one of many in recent months. They say drug-related and theft-related crimes are on the rise.

"It's getting worse and it's just going to get worse, especially with the economy the way it is right now, and especially in Eastern Kentucky with strip jobs going down," said Lieutenant Randy Napier of the Hazard P.D.

An anonymous tip led police to the America's Best Value Inn on Morton Boulevard.

"We get all kinds of drug complaints within the city. I'm sure other agencies in the area do as well, and we try to check out every one of the tips we get," said Napier.

When police got to the hotel room, they discovered more than two dozen Oxycodone tablets, one gram of cocaine, and more than $16,000 in cash.

"It's usually a lower amount of money with a higher number of pills, and what we're figuring is there's still quite a few pills here, but we're figuring a lot of them was sold before we got there," said Napier.

Accused is 38 year old Johnny Clark, of Viper. Neighbors say Clark has a history of using drugs, but had gone to rehab and was believed to be drug-free.

"We thought he was just off of it, which I think he was off of it. He may have got back on it recently, so I don't know," said neighbor Brenda Causey.

Clark faces two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Police say another person was in the hotel room at the time of the raid, but was not charged.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges may follow.

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