Last updated: June 04. 2014 5:33PM - 7260 Views
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Detectives with Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan conducted a drug roundup in Bell and Knox counties on Wednesday.


KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said 11 of 17 individuals targeted were located. He said the roundup stems from a 10-month investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics in the two counties.


“We continue everyday fighting the drug problem in the area,” said Jacobs. “Drugs lead to other crimes and we are continuing to battle to alleviate the problem.”


Charges from the roundup range from cocaine to prescription drug sales, according to Jacobs.


The investigation continues for KSP detectives with more arrests pending.


KSP was assisted in the effort by officers from the Pineville Police Department.


Arrests and charges in Bell County included:


• Charles Parker, 59, of Middlesboro, two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Brittany Nida, 21, of Middlesboro, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Ricky Baker, 27, of Middlesboro, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Jack Hurst, 53, of Middlesboro, three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Jazzata Brown, 24, of Middlesboro, two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Charles Shelby, 66, of Middlesboro, two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and one count of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Derick Farrow, 25, of Middlesboro,first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Terry Farrow, 49, of Middlesboro, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


• Avery Howard, 33, of Middlesboro, second-degree trafficking controlled substance;


• Richard Neal, 38, of Middlesboro, two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and one count of first-degree trafficking controlled substance;


• Jonathan Hill, 29, of Middlesboro, two counts of first-degree trafficking controlled substance.


Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.

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