Drug Bust Made After Heroin Found in Mail

CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- In this electronic age the Postal Service is finding itself struggling to stay relevant, but police say one group that's taking advantage of their services more and more are drug dealers.

Thursday in Olive Hill, the FADE Drug Task Force, working in cooperation with the United States Postal Service, arrested Timothy Buddy Lawhorn after they say a controlled delivery was made of a package containing approximately 28.5 grams of what they believe was heroin.

The arrest came after an investigation that began several weeks ago. Detectives say the heroin was hidden inside a clock radio.

Detectives with FADE say drugs being shipped in the mail is an increasing trend, with a steady flow coming into Carter County.

Nancy Duncan is a pastor in Olive Hill. She also runs a tanning salon. She's glad to see at least one batch of drugs will never make it on the streets.

"When you go to open your mailbox, or you're standing beside a person getting their mail, you wouldn't expect or think about a drug like heroin being in a package at all," Duncan said.

The FADE Drug Task Force says it's working with federal agencies to crack down on the source cities of where these drugs are coming from.

Lawhorn is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance in the 1st degree greater than 2 grams, according to a press release.

FADE and the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office are continuing to investigate, and more charges in this case are pending.

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