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Several people behind bars, facing drug charges after roundup in Pike Co.


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Various law enforcement agencies came together in Pike County to put several people behind bars facing drug charges. The latest drug roundup targets heroin dealers.

A ten month drug investigation by Operation UNITE landed several people behind bars Friday morning after they received an unwanted wakeup call by police.

Operation UNITE Director of Law Enforcement Paul Hays says, "All law enforcement is excited when it comes time that we can actually pick some of these people up that we are all getting complaints about dealing drugs in the community."

27 arrest warrants were issued through the investigation which officials say included a wide variety of drugs. While officers say prescription pill abuse remains the big problem there is also an increase in heroin use.

Pikeville Police Chief Phillip Reed says, "Nothing is minor when it comes to drug abuse. Whether it is cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or just a controlled substance, all those have affects and affect our community in a negative way."

Officials say roundups like these are a way of slowing down the problem and they also send a strong message.

"If you continue to use drugs and continue to sell drugs...then you can look around and expect law enforcement is paying attention. We are going to do everything to arrest the individuals doing this and prosecute them," explains Hays.

Officers say anytime they can all come together and make these arrests it is a positive thing for all of their communities. Chief Reed says, "We are trying to make our communities safer and a better place for people to raise their families and be a part of...we are working together as law enforcement agencies to do that. Operations like these are a way for everybody to feel proud to be a part of it, to make an impact on the communities they live in."

Arrests made as of 1:30 p.m. on October 25th:

• Kristen Campbell, 22, Stone Coal Road, Pikeville, five counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Paula Childress, 32, Kentucky Avenue, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Sandy Ford, 29, Kentucky Avenue, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Anthony Hall, 29, Ratliffs Creek Road, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Richard Hodges, 40, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Julie Rawson, 43, Stone Coal Road, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

• Arlis Silcox, 26, Ashcamp Road, Elkhorn City, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Kendall Webb, 52, Brush Road, Varney, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.


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