UPDATE: Spring Cleaning Drugs Off the Streets in Greenup County

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 4/17/13 @ 10 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- People tend to get outside and be more active when the weather warms up.

Police say unfortunately criminals are no different.

"When the whether turns, they do more outside,” Greenup County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Pancake said. “They tend to steal more because they don't have to battle the weather.”

So the Greenup County Sheriff's Department has been doing some spring cleaning.

They've made two busts at homes since Friday and another pill bust during a routine traffic stop.

Deputies say they arrested four suspects and confiscated more than $12,000 worth of heroin from an apartment along 5th Avenue in South Shore Friday.

Amber Martin's son is in high school. She says she talks with him about staying away from drugs.

Martin says it's alarming to find out a bust was made so near their home.

"It is concerning,” Martin said. “You try to raise your kid to do right and to stay away from it. Then you find out it's right down the street."

Martin says she’s well aware of the pill problem in the area, but was shocked to hear about heroin on her street.

"I didn't even know it was going on," she said.

Lisa Kitchen lives next-door in Wurtland to the scene of another bust early Tuesday morning where one of her neighbors was arrested.

There investigators say they found $22,000 worth of OxyContin.

"They need to get a job like I do and work for a living,” Kitchen said. “Life would be good then."

Deputy Pancake says they're making a dent in the enormous drug problem, but trying to stop the cycle of abuse feels as unlikely as trying to stop the changing of seasons.

"We always try to put a dent in it, but there's never going to be a solution to the problem,” Pancake said. “It's job security for us and other agencies, but it's never going to get any better."

Greenup deputies say they are still looking for Pete Gonzalez in connection with the bust in Wurtland Tuesday morning.

Deputies say they believe he drives a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

UPDATE 4/16/13 @ 9:40 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Nearly $25,000 worth of pain pills and cash was seized Tuesday from a rural home along Ky. 503 near Wurtland, according to information from a Greenup County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies confiscated nearly 600 30-milligram oxycodone pills with a street value of $40 each. They also found more than $2,000 cash and a safe containing drugs, cash, assorted papers and receipts.

A search warrant and raid took place after an ongoing investigation of drug activity, including trafficking “for an extended period of time,” according to the release.

Warrants have been obtained for suspects, and Sheriff Keith Cooper said he expects more warrants to be issued, as well as arrests.

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GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two law enforcement officers where hurt during a drug bust in South Shore, Ky. Saturday night.

The Greenup County Sheriff says the incident began as two deputies assisted the South Shore Police Chief during a traffic stop on Main Street about 9:30 p.m.

Sheriff Keith Cooper says following the stop, officers searched a residence on 5th Avenue in South Shore where they found 61 grams of heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of money.

Sheriff Cooper says during that search, Charles Fletcher, 24, of McDermott, Ohio became physical the deputies.

Cooper says Deputy Cody Fuller broke his hand in the altercation. Chief Bill Swords was also hurt. Both men were treated and released at a local hospital.

Four people were arrested as the result of the incident.

Fletcher, Joshua Glass, 23, of Portsmouth, Ohio, Aaron Higginbotham, 28, of Circleville, Ohio and Ruby Nunley, 31, of South Portsmouth, Ohio were all arrested.

Sheriff Cooper says the charges include trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest.

All four were taken to the Greenup County Detention Center.

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