The indictments were the result of information obtained through undercover efforts that began early this year. Cases involved the diversion of a variety of pills including Oxycodone, Percocet, hydrocodone and Lorcet.
Law enforcement officials attempted to serve most of the arrest warrants during a roundup held Friday, October 21.
“I think it went very well,” said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price, noting the value of inter-agency cooperation in building the drug cases.
“The drug problem is too difficult for any one agency to handle by themselves,” Price stated. “We need every agency we can get, plus help from the public. We encourage people to call about any suspicious activity, no matter how trivial it may seem, because it may match up with something else.”
Three people were charged Thursday afternoon after UNITE detectives and Johnson County deputies served a search warrant at the South Burglar Road residence of 56-year-old Robert Page, his 48-year-old wife Billie Page, and their 29-year-old son Robbie Page.
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.
UNITE had been investigating this family for about four months.
“We were aided by information called in to our drug tip line (1-866-424-4382) by concerned citizens,” said Dan Smoot, deputy director of UNITE.
Robert Page was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Billie Page was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Robbie Page was charged with one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
“There will be additional charges against this family,” Smoot noted.
In addition to the Pages, six of those sought Friday had been arrested as of 2 p.m. They include:
Assisting with Friday’s roundup were officers from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Paintsville Police Department and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. All of those arrested were lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Police are continuing their search for the remaining seven suspects.
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