9 more arrested in Rowan Roundup week 2

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 | Comments Off on 9 more arrested in Rowan Roundup week 2

MOREHEAD – Rowan County sheriff’s deputies arrested nine more suspected drug dealers in the second week of Sheriff Jack Carter’s “Operation Rowan Roundup.”

“Most of these arrests are related to the sale of Oxycodone in the form of Percocet, which has become the pill of choice here locally for buyers and sellers of illegal drugs,” said Chief Deputy Joe Cline. “These painkillers are particularly dangerous because of their highly addictive effects and their relative affordability and availability on the street.”

Cline added that Oxycodone is the primary drug moving in the “pill pipeline” north from Florida and south from Ohio. They are purchased legally as medical prescriptions and then transported elsewhere for illegal resale.

The arrests announced October 18 bring to 20 the total in Operation Rowan Roundup since it began earlier this month.

Sheriff Carter has pledged to continue the drug sweeps indefinitely to fight what he and other law enforcement officials agree is an epidemic of illegal drug activity.

A special grand jury returned 77 indictments as a result of a five-month investigation by Carter’s staff.

The latest arrests include:

• Monica Lee, 33, KY 519, Clearfield, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Alonzo Tanzil, 45, KY 519, Clearfield, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Virginia K. Fultz, 33, U.S. 60, Morehead, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Neva H. Wagoner, 27, Holly Fork Road, Morehead, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Robert Wagoner Jr. 31, Holly Fork Road, Morehead, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Kenneth J. Robinson, 54, Stone Kirk Way, Morehead, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Brenda K. Robinson, 53, Stone Kirk Way, Morehead, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Taylor E. Portsmouth, 34, Fril Street, Clearfield, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Brian Smith, 23, Buffalo Branch, Morehead, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony offender.

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