Drug roundup nets 14 arrests in Perry
CRIS RITCHIE Editor
HAZARD Law enforcement officers hit the road early Friday morning, looking to serve a total of 42 arrest warrants during a multi-agency roundup in Perry County.
Twenty of those 42 warrants were obtained on drug charges, 14 of which were served by Friday afternoon. The remaining 22 warrants were outstanding bench warrants, noted Trooper Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police. Watts said the drug warrants were issued by the grand jury following an extensive investigation by Operation UNITE.
Officers also made an additional drug related arrest in the Scuddy community during the course of serving one of those drug warrants Friday morning. Lonnie Miller, of Somerset, was arrested as he allegedly attempted to flee out the back door of Lonnie Standafers house. Trooper Watts, who made the arrest, found a pill bottle with several pills inside that Miller identified on the scene as methadone. Standafer, who owned the residence, was also arrested as authorities located several pills and a large amount of cash inside the home.
The drug problem in eastern Kentucky has gained a lot of press in recent years, and its an issue that law enforcement needs to tackle head-on, Watts said, which is why these multi-agency roundups continue to be conducted around the region.
As the old saying goes, its a war on drugs and every pill, every stick of marijuana ... that we take off the street, that is something that someones kid or someone's parent might not get a hold of, said Watts. Weve got to fight it.
Several agencies were involved in Fridays roundup along with UNITE and KSP, including the Hazard Police Department, Perry County Sheriffs Office and the HIDTA task force.
Police report that approximately $4,394 in cash, 607 assorted prescription medications, and a small amount of marijuana were seized during the roundup.
In addition to the arrests of Lonnie Standafer and Lonnie Miller, the following people were arrested on drug charges on Friday: Glen Messer, Killis Jones, and Lillian Riley, all of Scuddy, Billy Dehart of Slemp, Rick Sumner of Lothair, Randy Caudill of Glowmar, Henry Miller of Rowdy, Archie Stamper, Jr. of Bonnyman, Dana Feltner of Combs, Timothy Paul Coleman, Daniel Riley and Michelle Williams, all of Hazard.
According to the Kentucky State Police, the following people have outstanding drug indictment warrants and are asked to contact authorities: James Mullins, Tim Sabastion, Greg Miller, Phillip Collett, Kenneth Jason Marlowe, Wesley Stacy, and Carlos Dean Campbell.
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