Drug roundup begins in Johnson County
by TOM DOTY
PAINTSVILLE - The Johnson County Sheriff's Office teamed up with UNITE this week to bring about the largest drug bust in the history of Johnson County.
Acting on warrants that were submitted by Commonwealth's Attorney Anna Melvin, the roundup netted eight individuals with more to come from the 37 indictments that were handed down.
Currently incarcerated are:
Darren Davis, 33, of Staffordsville.
Hobert Laney, 53, of West Van Lear.
Woody DEan Estep, 43, of Hager Hill.
Mark Fannin, 30, of Paintsville.
James Baldwin, 23, of Paintsville.
Kevin Earl Rice, 29, of Oil Springs.
Charles Banks, 37, of Van Lear.
Jeff Jenkins, 20, of Oil Springs.
All eight are charged with trafficking and some face additional charges.
Sheriff Bill Witten began the investigation in May and it was termed "Operation T.N.T." The effort soon expanded out of the county, so Witten called in aid from Operation UNITE and Kentucky State Police.
"I am very pleased with the results of this interagency cooperative effort," Witten said. "The UNITE organization and the KSP were very helpful."
The arrests began on Wednesday and will continue until all of the arrests are made. The department is still seeking:
Curtis Rowe, 29, of Paintsville.
Michael Young, 23, of Nippa.
Phillip Dewayne Lafferty, 37, of Van Lear.
Kathy Conley Puckett, 21, of Paintsville.
Elbert Williamson Jr., 27, of Staffordsville.
Barbara Laney, 44, of West Van Lear.
Shannon Ross, 27, of Staffordsville.
Renae Borders, 43, of Oil Springs.
Anyone with information as to there whereabouts of the remaining suspects is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at (606) 789-3411.
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