Six suspects were arrested in an early Monday morning drug raid in the Gray area.
Sheriff John Pickard said the arrests came after months of undercover investigations, including buys at the residences.
Monday’s arrests included:
Linda F. Poe, 50, Gray; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance
Thomas Adkins, 68, Gray; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance
Randy L. Brown, 39, Gray; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance
Michael T. Norris, 45, Corbin; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance
Lee A. Jones, 67, Corbin; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance
Donnie R. Garland, 48, Corbin; trafficking in marijuana
Pickard said most of the arrests stemmed from undercover buys of prescription medications, noting that he feels prescription drugs continue to be the biggest portion of the drug trafficking problem.
He said the suspects were captured on both audio and video during the buys.
“There’s a lot of meth out there and a lot of marijuana out there, but I think pills is still the biggest,” he said. “There is a lot of it out there. But hopefully it will get better one day.”
He noted that a lot of effort goes into building a case to the point where warrants can be issued.
“It takes a lot of time,” he said. “You got to get a lot of information before you can think about getting them.”
Pickard said tips on possible drug activity help his department. “We get a lot of complaints…and that really helps us too.”
Along with Pickard, Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks, Det. Kelly Farris, and Deputy Sydney Wagner conducted the raids.
He said that more drug roundups will be conducted in the coming weeks.
Pickard said the arrests were all for trafficking in controlled substances, mostly prescription medications.
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