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Drug Roundup Underway in Johnson County, Ky.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- More than a dozen people are behind bars following a drug roundup in Johnson County.

Operation UNITE, Kentucky State Police, the Sheriff's Department, and Paintsville Police say they have warrants for a total of 28 suspected drug dealers.

Undercover officers say they have proof on tape the suspects illegally sold prescription pills.

"All of them are audio and video. There's no question," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Sheriff Price says the joint investigation between UNITE, KSP, and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department started in January.

"This office as well as the other agencies are sick of this drug trafficking," Sheriff Price said. "We ran across people through this investigation that are on state assistance that had several thousand dollars in the house with them. We're tired of it, and I'm sure the general public is too."

"We need to get these people in custody in order to stop these illegal drug sales from happening in our communities," Keith Napier, Operation UNITE Big Sandy Task Force Manager, said.

The 28 are all facing drug trafficking charges. Investigators say most of the people charged sold oxycodone or hydrocodone.

Three suspects arrested in West Van Lear at the South Burglar Road residence, 56-year-old Robert Page, his 48-year-old wife Billie Page, and their 29-year-old son Robbie Page, could be facing more charges.

During the search police discovered approximately 100 pills of various sorts and $18,800 in cash. A 1994 Harley-Davidson motorcycle believed to have been purchased from the proceeds of drug sales was seized.

The Sheriff says tips from the community led investigators to find all of the suspected dealers. He asks anyone with information concerning illegal activity in your neighborhood you are encouraged to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 789-3411 or email Sheriff Price at sheriffdprice@gmail.com. All information will remain confidential.

Of the 28 targeted, 17 were arrested Friday and charged as follows:

Robert Page, 56, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Billie Page, 48, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Robbie Page, 29, one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Mile Eldridge, 38, of Pine Street, Paintsville, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Michael Green, 24, of 6th Street, Paintsville, one count each first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Melissa Rife, 44, of KY 40, Oil Springs, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

James Smith, 45, of KY 40-West, one count each of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Ollie Whitt, 27, of KY 40, Oil Springs, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Larry Williams, age 44, of KY 302, Van Lear, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and persistent felony offender.

Also arrested were Rosa Sexton, Josh Haney, Jenny McKenzie Jessica Obrian, Kristian Mollett, Alicha Meek, Virginia Thompson, Samantha Baldridge.

Officers are searching for the remaining 11 suspects.


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