October 21, 2013

Three plea to federal drug charges

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office recently got a victory in their “War on Drugs,” with three more drug dealers entering pleas in federal court.

Christina Holt, 39, of Corbin, 27-year-old Brandon Bustle and 26-year-old Brad Creech, both of London, all entered guilty pleas to federal drug charges. Holt was recommended to serve 120 months in prison, with Bustle set to serve 93 months. Creech was recommended to serve 63 months, and all three will be on unsupervised release for five years after their prison sentence. Federal sentences normally require the parties to serve 85 percent of the recommended sentence.

The arrests came after an investigation was launched by the sheriff’s office in July 2012. Detectives Brad Mitchell and Jason Back spearheaded the initial investigation but were joined by the London Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) in September last year.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Holt’s residence in Rose Ann Apartments in Corbin, where officers found a large amount of cash and approximately 11 ounces of crystal meth. Holt was charged with federal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

As more information developed, officers served a search warrant at the home of Brad Creech on Sinking Creek Road in western Laurel County, where they found 2 ounces of crystal meth and a large amount of money. Creech and Bustle were arrested and charged with the federal crime of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Personal assets were also seized from Creech’s home.

Sheriff John Root said that ongoing investigations into illegal drug dealing is a goal that his office will continue to investigation and prosecute.