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November 8, 2011

Sheriff’s Office seizes vehicles

Owner charged for drug trafficking

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Lily resident is minus several vehicles confiscated during his arrest for dealing drugs.

Phillip Crain, 65, of Lily, was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, and being a persistent felony offender after prescription pills and a large amount cash were located at his residence.

“We found Oxycodone and Roxicet,” said Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Mitchell, who headed the investigation.

On hand to assist Mitchell were Sheriff John Root, Detectives Billy Madden and Tommy Johnston,  Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo along with personnel from TJ’s Towing, who loaded up various vehicles seized by the Sheriff’s Office. All in all,  the Sheriff’s Office seized a Corvette, Cadillac, Mustang, and boat from Crain’s residence, all of which are believed to have been purchased with funds from the illegal sale of drugs.

Crain has a prior felony conviction for selling prescription drugs, and the second offense could elevate his possible jail time. The persistent felony offender charge carries an automatic 10-year sentence, with mandatory service time of 85 percent, which would mean Crain could serve as much as seven and a half years in prison.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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