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News Release

KSP Post 13 Conducts Drug Round-Up
13 individuals arrested in Letcher and Knott Counties

Date of News Release: 10/23/2017

Hazard, Ky. (October 20, 2017) - Several Kentucky State Police Troopers, along with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Fish and Wildlife Officers collaborated in an effort to locate and arrest several drug offenders in Letcher and Knott counties early Friday morning. Indictment warrants were served on thirteen individuals. These arrests were the culmination of investigations related to drug trafficking offenses that occurred between January 2016 and October 2017. Overall, a grand jury returned 22 indictments for offenses in Letcher County and additional arrests are expected as this investigation continues.

The following people were arrested for Trafficking in Controlled Substance or methamphetamine offenses and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.

  1. Scotty Couch, 44 of Littcarr, KY
  2. Megan Littrell, 32 of Whitesburg, KY
  3. Karen Hall, 48 of Deane, KY
  4. Bennett Banks, 39 of Deane, KY
  5. Eric Frazier, 35 of Whitesburg, KY
  6. Harold Gibson, 56 of Deane, KY
  7. Brittany Maggard, 27 of Thornton, KY
  8. Dusty Shell, 27 of Whitesburg, KY
  9. Paul Patton, 41 of Whitesburg, KY
  10. James Elswick, 36 of Whitesburg, KY
  11. Steve Sandlin, 39 of Whitesburg, KY
  12. Phillip Wright, 39 of Whitesburg, KY
  13. Sonia Breeding, 41 of Mallie, KY

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