UPDATE 8/5/13 @ 8:50 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said a major drug bust that recently landed two Detroit men and two Greenup men in jail is a classic example of the problems plaguing much of our region.
What started as a minor traffic stop for going 10 mph over the speed limit Sunday turned into a major bust in a Detroit-to-Greenup drug operation.
Three men were arrested Sunday evening after a search of their car uncovered marijuana, OxyContin, Xanax and more than $5,000 in cash.
Greenup Police Department officers made the traffic stop on Main Street and requested the Sheriff's department for assistance. After a brief conversation, deputies were allowed to search the vehicle and found the drugs and cash.
Cooper said the drug running between Detroit and the Tri-State area is a common problem, and he doesn't like the sound of a Detroit-Greenup connection.
"It makes me ill the sound of, it to be honest, because I have seen here and surrounding places what the affect of it is," Cooper said. "Overdose, death, jail and problems for us.
While Cooper said getting any drugs off the streets is a major win, he said law enforcement must constantly be aware of the ongoing threat.
"It feels good to seize this much, but it's less than a drop in the bucket," he said. "Many, many more times than this is going up and down Route 23 and coming across the bridges everyday and every night."
Jason Paul White, 29, and Dennis Alexander Jr., 23, both of Detroit, along with 42-year-old James Ray Hieneman of Greenup, were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.
Information from those three men led deputies to the home of 53-year-old James L. Leadingham of Greenup, where drugs had been delivered.
Deputies searched the home and found more drugs, about $2,000 in cash and a handgun. Leadingham was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.
Cooper says although no heroin was found in this bust, he said it is becoming more and more popular as the trafficking of pills has started to decline because of police cracking down.
Greenup County Deputies and Greenup Police say the traffic stop happened at U.S. 23 and Main Street just after 5 p.m. Sunday.
Besides the illegal prescription drugs found, a large amount of cash was seized during the stop, according to Sheriff Keith Cooper.
Jason White, 29, of Detroit, Dennis Alexander Jr., 23, of Detroit and James Hieneman, 42, of Greenup, Ky. were arrested and each charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.
While was also charged on an unrelated warrant of Greenup County.
All three men are in the Greenup County Detention Center.
Sheriff Cooper says a fourth person was arrested early Monday at a home in Greenup in connection with the Detroit to Kentucky operation.
James Leadingham, 53, was arrested at this home in the 2000 block of Bayes Ridge.
Cooper says deputies located illegal prescription pills, 14 grams of marijuana, marijuana plants, suspected stolen property, a handgun and several thousand dollars in cash.
Leadingham is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
He is also in the Greenup County Detention Center.
Cooper says this is an active criminal investigation and several more arrests are expected