19 Arrested in Drug Investigation

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19 have been arrested and charged after a lengthy drug investigation in Lawrence County, KY.

According to the Lawrence County, KY Sheriff’s Office, a drug investigation that began in May 2016 led to a case involving multiple co-defendants being presented to the Lawrence County Grand Jury.

This week, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office presented a case involving 19 co-defendants who were involved in trafficking controlled substances in Lawrence County, KY.

During the year and a half long investigation, it was learned that some of the subjects had been working together since at least 2015 to bring crystal methamphetamine and other controlled substance into the county for distribution.

This investigation consisted of numerous hours of interviews as well as processing a large amount of recorded information relating to the operation.

The investigation found that several of the individuals would gather money from other involved individuals as well as others outside the group and travel to Louisville, KY, Huntington, WV and numerous other locations to purchase the methamphetamine and other substances to bring back to Lawrence County.

Once they arrived back with the drugs they would distributed them.

Some of the individuals would arrange the sell of drugs while others would deliver the product, provide the transportation, or a location to hang out and come for the transactions.

A few other substances that were found to have been distributed were Heroin, Molly, Suboxone and Oxycodone.

Those subjects involved and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime – Criminal Syndicate are:

  1. Paul “Shane” Hackney
  2. Nicholas Hackney
  3. Matthew Caudill
  4. Alexis Boyd
  5. Randy “Tap” Justice
  6. Prince Stevens
  7. Jasmine Mullins
  8. Keith Penix
  9. Amanda Thomas
  10. Broderick “Nathan” Cyrus
  11. Johnny Gibson
  12. Zachary Gibson
  13. Robert “Dusty” Powers
  14. Shawn Fitzpatrick
  15. Joey Thomas
  16. Jeramie Vanover
  17. Joann Collins
  18. Brian Roop
  19. Katlin Roop

The investigation is continuing with more charges and arrests possible.

If anyone has information related to illegal drug activity, they can report it to the Sheriff’s Office at 606-638-4368.

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