Posted in the Pikeville Forum
#1 Jan 4, 2012
Eighteen people are charged with drug trafficking after a nine month undercover investigation in Pike County.
Operation UNITE, Kentucky State Police, and DEA agents started making arrests early Tuesday morning.
The investigation centered around the Regina and Virgie communities.
So far ten of the suspects are arrested, and police are searching for the others.
Despite snow and ice, Operation UNITE officers did not let it stop them making drug arrests.
"It did make the day more challenging, but we were able to get out and get done what we needed to do," said Keith Napier, Operation UNITE's Big Sandy Task Force Manager.
UNITE officers with the help of KSP and the DEA arrested nearly one dozen suspected drug dealers.
"Oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, those types of prescription meds," said Napier.
Officers say some even had cocaine.
They charged eighteen people with drug trafficking.
The suspects did not want to talk to WYMT as they went to jail.
UNITE officials say they have proof all of the suspects were illegally selling drugs.
"Each of these individuals have had controlled or undercover buys made from them, cases worked by UNITE detectives," said Napier.
Officers say the undercover operation in the Virgie and Regina communities took nine months.
Leaders say the drug investigations in Pike County are not ending with these 18 suspects.
"We're going to continue to investigate these people that we have information that are illegally selling controlled substances in eastern Kentucky," said Napier.
They plan many more investigations and arrests in the new year.
List of the suspects arrested
Bobby Bowling, 26, Bowling Fork Road, Elkhorn City, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
William Bowling, 57, Bowling Fork Road, Elkhorn City, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Kevin Hopkins, 46, Greasy Creek Road, Shelbiana, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.
Larry Kendrick, 34, Greasy Creek Road, Shelbiana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.
Anthony John Puett, 27, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.
James "Jamie" Rowe, 31, First Street, Lookout, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.
Garia Smith, 38, Virgie High Street, Virgie, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Richard Starghill, 34, Chloe Court, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Steve Tackett, 39, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Vornele Tackett, 66, Dry Branch Road, Virgie, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Police continue to search for the remaining eight suspects.
#2 Jan 4, 2012
No duh! WTF did WYMT expect them to say?!
#3 Jan 4, 2012
Have mercy, look how many are persistent felony offenders on that list! Must be real hard to catch those kind. 9 months? really?!
#4 Jan 4, 2012
Does Unite Really Think This Makes Them Look Good "IN PIKE COUNTY". If You Really Want To Look As Good As You Do In "OTHER COUNTIES", GET THE BIG DEALERS, YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE. Us Hillbillies Are Not Stupid, WE SEE WHAT IS GOING ON, "WHY NOT UNITE"?
#5 Jan 4, 2012
pick up a news paper 3 months from now or watch the next big pike co drug bust, i guaran dam te at least 2 or 3 of these will be right back on there
#6 Jan 4, 2012
Most will be out on parole by Monday, or house arrest and selling while they are on Parole or house arrest!
Will get to go to some program where you get to earn days off your time for everyday you go to Westcare or some other candy azz retreat for dope dealers..
You see the same names in the paper over and over!None of this bunch will do any serious time...a big show and crap to print in that rag paper!
#7 Jan 4, 2012
I like to mix up bad batches,,, Sell it to the druggies,, Then sit back with a good cup of coffee and read the Obituaries.
#8 Jan 4, 2012
I'am just glad they caught any at all.I hope they catch Two hundred more this year that would be great.
#9 Jan 4, 2012
Lots of truth there. In the end though we have only ourselves to blame for not voting these lame duck politicians out of office.
#10 Jan 4, 2012
Your mama didn't raise you right...
#11 Jan 4, 2012
Sure she did. She told me to never take drugs and i listened.
YAY For Being a Sober SOB!!!! lol
#12 Jan 4, 2012
Naw, I meant the part about poisoning people- even addicts are people.[Hate the sin, Love the sinner, y'know?]
#13 Jan 4, 2012
Not to mention that murder is against one of the commandments, eh?
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#15 Jan 5, 2012
OFF TOPIC : Hazzy Mel, whaaattttt's up, man? Where the hell have you been hiding at?
#16 Jan 5, 2012
but what is the point?
well i will tell u
for one, its to put on a show like the other person said, for unite, so they can show they are doing something and keep getting funding
its to put on a show for the sheriff, to show hes on top of things,
its to bring in money to the courthouse, cause that is all pike county courts are about
have u been to court recently?
if not, go down one day when u have nothing to do and sit in on one, its all bout fines, fines and pay this and pay that
thats all they care about, they dont try to get help for the drug abusers
they dont try to get rehab or put the person in jail for their crimes, its all bout how much can u pay today
and lastly, these same ppl have been busted more than once in some cases
they pay robbie to get them out of trouble and they are back home, back to the docs getting their pills
which by the way is another story that should be printed right under the bust headline
what doctors name is on each and every pill bottle confiscated at these drug bust locations
the doctors need to be investigated, and once these ppl are busted for selling prescription drugs, they should be banned from ever getting prescription drugs again
#17 Jan 5, 2012
belive it or not some offenders.even hire larry webster.to free them!!!
#18 Jan 5, 2012
I guess when you sell drugs you have a lot of extra cash to spend that those of us who work don't have.
#19 Jan 5, 2012
I like the way you think.
#20 Jan 5, 2012
Why are drugs illegal? This is supposed to be a free country. And no, I'm not a pill-head. If you make the drugs legal, they will be cheap and so there will be no profit for "dealers". So we will have thousands less people to feed and care for in our prisons. Imagine how much we could save just by eliminating the DEA. And as for the "users", leave 'em be. Let them take their legal drugs. The stupid will die and our general population will grow to become a smarter collection of people. Legalize all drugs. It will greatly benefit our economy and give us a better class of people. Life is simpler than we make it.
#21 Jan 6, 2012
well ok, here is the difference, my back is killing me this morning, so i go to my bottle of prescription pain pills, and i take one out and i take it
the way it says to on the bottle, the way my doctor prescribed for me to do
i dont, take that bottle and take six out of it and crush them up and snort them or shoot them and i dont take half out and sell them
so ya see, prescription pain pills are not illegal
selling them is
abusing them, well thats debatable as to whether that is illegal or not
but its pretty stupid and it can lead to other problems
such as buying them when u use all of yours up.....
i stand by my idea that doctors need to be held accountable
unite needs one person assigned to go to these doctors offices, when their names are found on bottles of pills being sold or bought, and inform the doctors that their patient was not using their medication the way it was prescribed
it should be up to the doctor how to deal with it, most of them, with out being any other option, will keep right on writing away
and keep the patient coming back
one or two might give a warning or something
once the doctor is informed that his or her patient is a drug abuser or seller, the doctor then needs to be put on unites list.....
of course we all know that is another story all the way around
i have chronic back pain i have to nearly beg my doc for one pill a day
and these dopers who can hardly talk or keep their eyes open go in to this pain clinics and get 120 every 2 weeks
come on america
dont piss on my leg and tell me its raining
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