Led by Sheriff Fred Yaden and Detective Brad Mitchell, Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies went knocking on doors in North Corbin, Knox County and finally on Hardin Road Wednesday morning, searching for 11 suspected drug dealers.

“These are people we had made drug buys from in the past,” Yaden said.

Deputies arrested three of the suspects at Felts School Apartments off KY 1223. Two others were arrested in Knox County and the last one was found on Hardin Road near Levi Jackson State Park.

Deputies arrested Pamela Knuckles on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for selling morphine and hydrocodone.

Donnie Garland was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second degree trafficking in a controlled substance for selling percocet and hydrocodone.

Randall Canada was charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for selling tramadol.

Misty Gabbard was charged with two counts of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance Larry Case on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for selling adipex.

The final stop of the morning took them to Hardin Road, where they arrested Destry Grimes. In addition to two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, Yaden said Grimes will face additional charges after deputies found more methamphetamine, marijuana and a sawed-off shotgun at Grimes’ home.

“There were no incidents during the arrests,” Yaden said. “We just had people griping because they wanted their coffee and cigarettes before we took them to jail.”

Yaden said the round-up was led by Det. Mitchell. Kentucky State Police Troopers from Post 10 in Harlan and Operation UNITE officers cooperated in the round-up efforts.

“This is just the beginning of the drug raids,” Yaden said.

Staff writer Dean Manning may be reached at dmanning@sentinel-echo.com.



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