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UPDATE: Final Arrested Made in "Operation Summer Surprise" Drug Roundup in Johnson County

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

UPDATE 6/28/13 @ 2:35 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) – All of the people Johnson County deputies were hoping to pick up in a “Summer Surprise” drug roundup on June 20 have now been arrested for drug charges.

After the roundup, deputies were still looking for Greg Lyons, Steve Preston and Jerry Morman. Sheriff Dwayne Price says all three men have now been found.

Price says some of those arrested are still in jail at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and many of them will be arraigned next week.

Price says charges include trafficking of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing of meth, trafficking within 1000 yards of a school, controlled substance endangerment of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and being a persistent felony offender.

“We have had great success with our drug roundups so far, and today is no exception,” Price said on June 20. “We have two deputies who specialize in these drug cases, and their work never stops. As we speak, they are working on the next roundup.”

Price says those arrested June 20 were: Dawn R. Ramey, Melinda Hall, Deborah Hall, Phillip Mayhan, Cheskla “Chat” Burchett, Gary Castle, Paul David May, Jonathan Fairchild, Betty Preston, Donney Greathouse, Matthew Cook, Jennifer Blevins, and Paul Michael May.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/20/13 @ 2 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- “Operation Summer Surprise” was not really a pleasant surprise for a dozen people in Johnson County, Ky. Thursday morning.

They were part of a drug roundup conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says 17 separate indictments were issued by a recent Johnson County Grand Jury following several lengthy investigations.

Price says charges include trafficking of a controlled substance,
possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing of
meth, trafficking within 1000 yards of a school, controlled substance endangerment of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and being a persistent felony offender.

Price says while overdose deaths have declined in Johnson County in the past 2 years, even one death from overdose is unacceptable, because ultimately it’s preventable.

“We at the Sheriff’s office will do everything within our power to stop their sell and distribution in our county. We are in the schools, trying to reach the kids before they get started on the wrong path, and we are getting a lot of positive feedback from the kids and the whole county with our drug education programs. We have a Deputy, Tim Clark, who specializes in teaching drug education and safety classes in the county and city schools. Also, we have had great success with our drug round-ups so far, and today is no exception. We have two deputies who specialize in these drug cases, and their work never stops. As we speak, they are working on the next round-up,” said Price.

Price says those arrested were: Dawn R. Ramey, Melinda Hall, Deborah Hall, Phillip Mayhan, Cheskla “Chat” Burchett, Gary Castle, Paul David May, Jonathan Fairchild, Betty Preston, Donney Greathouse, Matthew Cook, Jennifer Blevins, and Paul Michael May.

All were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

As of Thursday afternoon, Price says deputies were still looking for Greg Lyons, Steve Preston, and Jerry Morman.

If you have information as to the whereabouts of these individuals, please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411.


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