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Drug Trafficking Arrest In Estill County, KY

Date of News Release 05/12/05

(Richmond, KY) - A yearlong investigation into illicit drug trafficking in Estill County has culminated with the arrests of thirty people. On 5/12/2005 at 0700 hours, troopers of the Kentucky State Police Post 7 Richmond began serving warrants on suspected drug traffickers in Estill County. Troopers were assisted by several Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies that included the US Forest Service, ATF, US Secret Service, Estill Co. Sheriff's Department, Irvine PD, Ravenna PD and the Kentucky National Guard. The twenty-eight suspects, who were arrested, have been lodged in the Estill County Jail. Detective Dustin Hon of the Kentucky State Police was possibly exposed to mercury during the search of a residence on Little Doe Creek. The Estill County Health Department, Estill County DSS, State DES, KY Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency have responded to the scene. The EPA will conduct decontamination of Detective Hon and the residence. The Kentucky State Police encourage the public to report any suspected drug activity to our anonymous drug tip-line at 1-800-DOPETIP or the Kentucky State Police Post 7 Richmond at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). All callers may remain anonymous.

The following is a list of those persons arrested and the charges:

  • Delbert Estes age 24 of Irvine -Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Methamphetamine)
  • Timothy Abney age 39 of Irvine- Trafficking In Marijuana
  • James Craig Cornett age 44 of Irvine- Trafficking In Marijuana
  • Floyd Norton age 34 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine), Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin), Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lortab).
  • Francis Ballard of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lorcet)
  • Garrett Walling age 69 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin)
  • Harold Neal age 53 of Irvine-Two counts of Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lortab)
  • Patricia Ann Lewis age 57 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin)
  • Melissa Drake age 35 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine)
  • Marie Neal age 34 of Irvine- Two counts of Trafficking In Marijuana 2nd Offense
  • William Kris Bray of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 3rd (Xanax)
  • Brenda Hardy age 45 of Irvine-Trafficking In Marijuana and Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lortab)
  • Timothy Plowman age 43 of Irvine-Two counts of Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine)
  • Anna Marie Robinson age 50 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine)
  • James Harrison age 26 of Irvine- Trafficking In Marijuana
  • Benny Estes age 39 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin)
  • Shirley Kirby age 56 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd ( Lortab)
  • Lewis Woosley age 47 of Irvine- Trafficking In AControlled Substance Within 1000 Yards Of A School (Darvocet)
  • Jack Begley age 42 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Tylox)
  • Joshua Rawlins age 24 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 3rd (Xanax)
  • Steve Norton age 41 of Irvine- Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine)
  • Larry Norton age 47 of Irvine-trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lortab and Trafficking In Marijuana
  • Nina Johnson age 25 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 2nd (Lortab)
  • John Harrison age 19 of Irvine-Possession Of Marijuana
  • Amy Christine Murphy age 44 of Irvine-Possession Of Marijuana
  • Michael Sizemore age 21 of Irvine-Possession Of Marijuana and Posession Of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Mark Barnes age 32 of Irvine-Possession Of Marijuana
  • Patsy Neal age 50 of Irvine- Two counts of Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Prescription Drugs Not In Proper Container
  • Charles Robinson age 62 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Cocaine)
  • James Sparks age 47 of Irvine-Three counts of Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Methamphetamine)

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