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May 13, 2014

Operation: Spring Cleaning nets 30 arrests

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Thirty people were arrested in a one-day roundup of drug traffickers in the area -several of whom have prior offenses and some with pending drug trafficking cases.

Four teams of deputies with the Laurel Sheriff’s Office swept the county for wanted persons in the “Operation: Spring Cleaning” effort that began at 6 a.m. Thursday, with arrest warrants for more than 30 individuals wanted for dealing drugs. The warrants stemmed from a three-month undercover investigation by Detective James Sizemore and Detective Jason Back regarding the illegal possession and sale of a variety of drugs in the area. The roundup was so-named for the customary spring cleaning of residents in the area that coincided with the drug roundup.

All told, a total of 32 persons were arrested in the roundup. Several of those individuals have prior drug-related arrests and convictions, with two persons currently out on bond for pending cases.

Dora Stuntebeck, 48, of Lynn Acres Road in Corbin, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, and first-degree persistent felony offender in last week’s roundup.

Ironically, she was in Laurel Circuit Court just one week prior for second-degree trafficking charges in 2012. Stuntebeck was indicted in January for selling Oxycodone to a Sheriff’s informant on April 19 and Aug. 15, 2012. She was arrested on that charge on Jan. 27 and released on $10,000 cash bond the following day. During the May 1 hearing, her scheduled trial this month was put off until July.

Another person picked up  on Thursday was 35-year-old Melody Gilbert, who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first offense. Gilbert, along with three other persons, was arrested for having methamphetamine in her possession when Sheriff’s officials answered a complaint unrelated to the drug roundup but one that came in during the operation. Gilbert was at a residence on Philpot Road with 36-year-old Jimmy Barrett of West 4th Street in London, 21-year-old Amber Smith of Davenport Lane in London, and 44-year-old Samuel Jones of Flamgo Drive in London.

Gilbert was arrested on April 7, along with two other persons, when firefighters called for an alleged stove fire, found drug paraphernalia inside her home on Hardin Road. An investigation revealed that over seven grams of crystal methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, new and used needles, and two glass pipes were stashed inside the mobile home. Gilbert was released on April 14 on $5,000 cash bond at 10 percent.

Other persons included in Operation: Spring Cleaning were:

• Amy Lee Cromer, 32 of Finley’s Trailer Park, London - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Lowell Scott Floyd, 43, of Keller Road in London - charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, two counts, and first-degree persistent felony offender. Floyd received an enhanced five-year prison sentence from a 2008 charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Cage Doan, 21, of Chapel Road in East Bernstadt - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

• William Ray Howard, 40, of Winding Blade Road, East Bernstadt - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense; and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Ricky Allen Moore, 52, of Braxton Lane in Lily - charged with  second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Barbara Maggard,  52, of Hensley Road in East Bernstadt - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Dennis Walter Johnson II, 36, of West Ky. 1376, East Bernstadt - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Dennis Walter Johnson, 57, of West Hwy. 1376, East Bernstadt - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Julia Lawson, 41, of Haines Baker Road, Corbin - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; conspiracy to traffic in control substances, first offense; and first-degree persistent felony offender

• James  Causey, 56, of Irvine Lane in East Bernstadt - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Clarence Joey Lawson, 43, of Haines Baker Road., Corbin - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; first-degree conspiracy to traffic in control substances ; first-degree persistent felony offender

• Richard Jeffery Rice, 56 , of Dolly Miller Rd., East Bernstadt - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Timothy Anders, 54, of East Hwy. 3094/Begley Lane, East Bernstadt -charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense; third degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense; and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Kenneth Maggard,  30, of Hensley Road, East Bernstadt - charged with tampering with physical evidence

• Charles Richard Wilbanks, 55, of Fred Barnett Road, London - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Jimmy Lee Dees, 26, of Bang Road, East Bernstadt - charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

• Jeffrey Graves, 44, of Day Street in Corbin - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Edward Guthrie, 69, of Ravenwood View, London - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Roger Gregory Payne, 60, of Caldwell Street, Corbin - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense

• Terry Wayne Bruner, 38, of Hopper Creek Road, London - charged with possession of marijuana

• Beverly Kay Gross, 49, of Barbourville Rod, London - charged with second degree, trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• Luke Roark, 18, of Young’s Creek Road, Corbin - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense

• Billy Henson, 50, of Houser Street, Corbin - charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

• James Jones, 53, of E. 4th Street, London - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Brian Abner, 34, of Orchard Road, East Bernstadt - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; second degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense

Also arrested by Sheriff John Root, Lieut. Chuck Johnson, Detective James Sizemore, and Detective Josh Scott were four individuals charged on Philpot road, 4 miles South of London on an unrelated drug complaint received by the Sheriff’s office while the drug roundup was being conducted were:

 • Jimmy Barrett, 36, of W. 4th St., London - charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, Barrett was in possession of 7.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a set of digital scales

• Amber Smith, 21, of Davenport Lane, Lily - charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for possessing two used needles, a cut straw with powder residue, and a glass pipe used to smoke narcotics.

• Samuel Jones, 44, of North Highway 25, East Bernstadt - charged with prescription controlled substances not improper container, first offense

Also arrested and found with outstanding warrants of arrest as deputies conducted their roundup of drug suspects were two individuals wanted on other charges :

• Larisa Gordon, 25, of Skaggs Branch Road in Williamsburg - charged with two Laurel County bench warrants of arrest for failure to appear in court

• Laura Mae Napier, 49, of Chapel Road in East Bernstadt - charged with a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court

The four teams of officers headed by Sheriff John Root participating in the drug roundup operation were comprised of: Laurel Sheriff’s deputies, Laurel Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit led by Captain  Rodney Van Zant,  Kentucky State Police, London City Police, UNITE Officers, the London Office of the D.E.A., London Office of the U.S. Marshal Service, and London Office of the FBI.

Investigations into the illegal sale and possession of drugs and other illicit substances will continue.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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