Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said his officers will be targeting various areas of the county over the next few weeks in an attempt to combat Harlan County’s illegal drug sales.
The residence of Tony Dean in Verda was searched, and although Dean wasn’t there, he was caught by Lipfird not far from his residence near the entrance of KY 1601.
K-9 unit Dasty was able to recognize where marijuana was hidden on Dean’s vehicle. Lipfird located a bag of marijuana and a set of scales under the hood of the truck. Deputy Tom May assisted Lipfird.
Dean, 39, was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dean’s passenger in the truck, Dennis Branim, 42, of Evarts, was arrested and charged with complicity to trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school and public intoxication.
The truck and an ATV on Dean’s property were impounded.
LIpfird said the arrests were made possible through the undercover work of his narcotics detectives.