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Drug Trafficking Arrests In Estill County

Date of News Release: 07/18/2006

(RICHMOND, KY) - A year long investigation into illicit drug trafficking in Estill County has culminated with the arrests of sixteen people. On 7/18/2006 at 0530 hours, troopers of the Kentucky State Police Post 7, Richmond, began serving warrants on suspected drug traffickers in Estill County. The troopers were assisted by the US Forest Service and the Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The sixteen people who were arrested were lodged in the Estill County Jail. The investigation into illicit drug trafficking in Estill County is ongoing. The Kentucky State Police encourage the public to report any suspected illegal 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). Callers to the latter number may also remain anonymous. The following is a list of those persons arrested and the charges:

  1. Darrel Neal age 40 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree (2nd Offense) (OxyContin)
  2. Claude Willis age 48 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree (OxyContin)
  3. Beatrice Howell age 26 of Irvine- Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st Degree (OxyContin)
  4. Rebecca Carroll age 32 of Irvine-Theft By Unlawful Taking Under/$300, Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Morphine), Possesion Of Marijuana, Possesion of Drug Paraphernalia
  5. Steve Hunt age 45 of Irvine- Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (2 counts) (OxyContin)
  6. David Tipton age 29 of Irvine- Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (Methadone)
  7. Verna Estes age 44 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin)
  8. Jeffrey T. Logsdon age 32 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance (OxyContin)
  9. Randall S. Hunt age 40 of Irvine-trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (2nd Offense) (OxyContin), Trafficking In Marijuana Less than 8 Ounces (2 counts)
  10. Brian Riddell age 30 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin)
  11. Carl Kirby age 40 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (2counts) (OxyContin and Percocet)
  12. Kellie Kirby age 35 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st
  13. Jeffrey Thomas age 37 of Irvine-trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (2counts) (OxyContin)
  14. Clifton E. Hunt age 47 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st
  15. Patricia Hamilton age 29 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 3rd (Soma)
  16. Cheryl Wilson age 39 of Irvine-Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 1st (OxyContin), Trafficking In A Controlled Substance 3rd (Valium)

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