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November 27, 2012

LPD makes first-ever heroin trafficking arrests in Laurel County

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — London Police officers busted seven individuals on drug related charges involving heroin, cocaine and pills Wednesday, Nov. 21 on Old Way Road in Laurel County.

To date, this is the first known arrest made for trafficking in heroin in the county.

James W. Edwards and Ashley B. Edwards of 1703 Old Way Road were arrested and charged trafficking in a controlled substance, cocaine, heroin, two counts; and possession of marijuana

Daniel T. Taylor of 3129 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cocaine, heroin, two counts; and being a fugitive.

Daniel Kemp of Hamilton, Ohio, was arrested for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cocaine, heroin, two counts; and being a fugitive.

Derrick Boggs, 28, of Sally’s Branch Road in London, was arrested for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine and heroin, two counts.

Damian K. Barrett, 26, of County Farm Road in Laurel County, was arrested for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts — two counts for oxycodone, one count for cocaine, and one count for heroin.

Heather R. Miller of North Mill Street, London, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, heroin; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Police Chief Stewart Walker, the investigation has been ongoing for several months. A man led a police informant to a residence where heroine could be purchased.  The residence, identified as the home of James W. Edwards and Ashley B. Edwards, was searched through a warrant.

At the residence, police discovered two Ohio fugitives -- Daniel Tree Taylor of  Cincinnati, Ohio, and Daniel Kemp of Hamilton, Ohio.

Several thousand dollars in cash was found concealed near the residence’s back porch, and 29.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine were found inside a curtain rod inside the home.  Approximately 22.1 grams of heroin was also discovered inside the residence with 4.8 grams of an unknown white powder.  

The estimated street value of the heroin is $4,500 and the estimated street value of the confiscated cocaine is $4,100.

Neighbors had felt something was happening at the Old Way Road residence.

“There’s been a lot of trafficking going on here,” said Richard Pate, resident of Old Way Road. “There’s been odd traffic with people staying about five to 10 minutes at a time.”

Assisting at the scene were Major Derek House, Sgt. Matthew Moore, Sgt. Darrel Kilburn, Detective Jimmy Phelps, Detective Stacy Anderkin, Detective Gary Proffitt, Officer Ed Herd, Officer Richard Reynolds, Officer Eric Stallard, and Officer Mike Holiday.

London Police Detectives Phelps, Proffitt and Harris are continuing the investigation.

mmccrarey@sentinel-echo.com

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