A rainy morning in Loyall was witness to a drug roundup on Saturday conducted by the Loyall City Police Department with the assistance of Harlan City Police.
According to Loyall Police Chief Mike Lunsford, the roundup comes after a three-month investigation into drug activity in Loyall.
“The majority of the people are from Loyall,” said Lunsford. “These transactions are happening in Loyall and just on the outskirts of town.”
Lunsford said 16 warrants had been obtained for 13 individuals, but Lunsford did not expect to pick them all up on Saturday.
“We’ve got one or two that are out of town right now,” said Lunsford. “We’re hoping to get eight.”
Lunsford pointed out that of the 16 warrants obtained, 14 were drug related.
“We constantly get complaints,” Lunsford said. “What we want the people in Loyall to know is we’re going to keep coming back. If you’re selling drugs, eventually we’re going to get you.”
Lunsford said this investigation has covered activity in a variety of illegal substances.
“We’ve made drug buys of marijuana, we’ve bought Lortab, we’ve bought Suboxone, morphine — it’s been kind of scattered out,” said Lunsford. “Ninety percent of the time Suboxone is the drug of choice…this time it’s scattered out. We even had one case where it (the substance) was supposed to be cocaine, but it came back a different substance, so that individual was charged with sell or transfer of an illegal substance. That was Kenneth Hopkins.”
Lunsford mentioned that Hopkins, 50, of Baxter, and Ricky Bingham, 33, of Baxter, had been picked up recently on warrants obtained by an Operation UNITE investigation.
“They were picked up on other drug charges,” said Lunsford. “I just happened to have these warrants…so I stopped at the jail and served them.”
The following individuals were arrested on a second-degree trafficking a controlled substance charge:
Jock Wormack, 45, of Loyall; Jason Scott Lewis, 25, of Baxter; Jeremiah James Bustle, 29, of Harlan; John Ben Cox, 31, of Loyall and Jarrod Dople, 28, of Loyall.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde