Drug dealers nabbed in Walmart parking lot

KSP drug canine Rex alerts his handler, Canine Officer Dallas Eubanks, to drugs in a vehicle in the Barbourville Walmart parking lot after the vehicle’s occupants were arrested for drug trafficking.
KSP drug canine Rex alerts his handler, Canine Officer Dallas Eubanks, to drugs in a vehicle in the Barbourville Walmart parking lot after the vehicle’s occupants were arrested for drug trafficking.
 Kentucky State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Barbourville Police Department personnel prepare to search a vehicle in the Barbourville Walmart parking lot after its occupants were arrested Thursday afternoon for drug trafficking. Pictured from left to right are Barbourville Police Patrolman Robert Brown, Knox Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant William Stewart, Sheriff Mike Smith, Sheriff’s Deputy Tackett Wilson, and KSP canine officer Dallas Eubanks.

Kentucky State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Barbourville Police Department personnel prepare to search a vehicle in the Barbourville Walmart parking lot after its occupants were arrested Thursday afternoon for drug trafficking. Pictured from left to right are Barbourville Police Patrolman Robert Brown, Knox Sheriff’s Administrative Assistant William Stewart, Sheriff Mike Smith, Sheriff’s Deputy Tackett Wilson, and KSP canine officer Dallas Eubanks.

By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Operation UNITE detectives arrested two out-of-state men for trafficking in a controlled substance in the Barbourville Walmart Parking lot Thursday, March 26, around 12:30 p.m.

The arrest was the result of a controlled buy orchestrated by the Knox sheriff’s department.

During the arrest, over 100 Oxycodone 30 mg tablets, with a street value over $5,500 were seized. In addition, over $4,500 in cash and several electronic devices were seized. Richardson and Leach were in a vehicle that had been rented in Alcoa, Tenn.

Ernest Richardson, 43, of Mount Vernon, New York and Mark Leak, 36, of Waterbury, Conn., were both charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputies Keith Liford, Tackett Wilson and William Stewart along with two Operation UNITE detectives participated in the arrests.

Kentucky State Police Canine Handler Dallas Eubanks was requested to conduct a search of the vehicle. No other drugs were found during the search.

Barbourville Police Department also assisted at the scene.

“We appreciate the cooperation between UNITE and the Barbourville City Police in making the operation go so smoothly,” said Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith.