Perry roundup seeks 14 dealers

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Perry roundup seeks 14 dealers

HAZARD – Ten of 14 individuals wanted by Operation UNITE in a drug roundup August 10 were in jail by early afternoon.

The roundup was the result of a 10-month undercover investigation into illegal sales of drugs – primarily Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Methadone.

“Some of the drugs being sold in Perry County were brought here from far northern Indiana,” noted Keith Napier, UNITE Task Force Manager.

“More than half of those individuals indicted as a result of our investigation have a history of dealing drugs,” Napier added. “Apparently they didn’t learn their lesson.”

Approximately a dozen law enforcement officers participated in Wednesday’s operation. Joining UNITE detectives were officers from the Hazard Police Department, Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police.

Officers are continuing to search for the four people indicted but not arrested. At least one is believed to be out of state.

Those arrested and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center were:

• Karis Causey, 59, Lothair, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense.

• Jeffrey Feltner Jr., 24, Raccoon Creek, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Laron Francis, 34, Christopher Road, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Donna Gayheart, 39, Old KY 80, Combs, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree persistent felony.

• Amy Griffith, 31, Scuddy Branch, Vicco, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Patricia Hensley, 54, Russell Street, Combs, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jimmy Kirkwood, 52, New Paris, Indiana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Carla Napier, 49, Flat Gap Road, Bonnyman, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Gordon Napier, 73, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance second offense.

• Melinda Neace, 30, Neace Road, Bonnyman, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and second-degree persistent felony offender.

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