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Heroin Cases Highlight Pike County Drug Roundup

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Heroin is slowly becoming a trendy drug among Pike County, Ky. dealers, according to Operation UNITE.

On Friday, UNITE detectives and other law enforcement agencies joined forces to serve drug trafficking warrants on 27 people.

They say about a quarter of those warrants involved heroin sales.

“It’s cheaper and it’s becoming easier to get than prescription drugs such as OxyContin,” said Keith Napier, Operation UNITE’s Big Sandy Task Force manager. “We’ve been noticing this trend for several months.”

Detectives say access to interstate highways seems to play a factor in where heroin, which is brought in from out-of-state, is turning up on the streets.

Along with the increase in heroin sales, comes an increase in heroin-related overdose deaths.

“That’s something we desperately want to prevent in this region,” Napier said.

According to a news release, most of the other cases during the 10-month investigation involved Oxycodone, cocaine or marijuana.

Those arrested as of 1:30 p.m. Friday were:

• Kristen Campbell, 22, Pikeville, five counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Paula Childress, 32, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Sandy Ford, 29, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Anthony Hall, 29, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Richard Hodges, 40, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Julie Rawson, 43, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

• Arlis Silcox, 26, Elkhorn City, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Kendall Webb, 52, Varney, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Pikeville, Coal Run and Elkhorn City police departments, Kentucky State Police, and Pike County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the roundup.

Detectives are continuing to seek out those who could not be located on Friday.

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