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Federal Arrest Warrants Served in Pike County

Date of News Release: 05/10/2012

(Pike County, Ky.) -- On May 8, 2012 and May 9, 2012 the Kentucky State Police and Agents from the Pikeville FBI office executed several Federal Arrest Warrants in Pike County. Detectives arrested Teddy and Willa Elswick of Marrowbone, Mackie Branham of Elkhorn Creek, Luther Baker and Renae Wright of Ashcamp, Brenda Silcox of Ashcamp, Gregory Hackney of Phyllis, and Justin Blackburn of Marrowbone Creek Road.

All of the accused were indicted in US District Court on May 4, 2012 for various conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. The indictments and subsequent arrests were a result of an eighteen month investigation that was conducted by Kentucky State Police Post 9 Street Level and Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East Section Detectives. Post 9 Street Level and DE/SI Detectives were assisted with the investigation by Special Agents with the Pikeville FBI Office.

During the investigation KSP Detectives were able to make several undercover drug buys from each of the people charged in this case. In February of 2012 Detectives were able to execute search warrants at the residences and other properties of several of the people involved in this case. During the execution of these search warrants Detectives located several thousand Oxycodone 30 mg and 15 mg tablets as well as several thousand Xanax pills. The tablets have a street value in excess of five hundred thousand dollars. Detectives also located several handguns and approximately one hundred and twenty thousand dollars in cash.

The Kentucky State Police would like to thank the public for their diligence in reporting suspicious activity and would like encourage the public to report people that they suspect of illegal drug trafficking to the Kentucky State Police. People who report suspicious activity may remain anonymous.

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