Drug bust in Pike nets 8 arrests
by PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer
RACHEL C. DOVE
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kentucky State Police and agents from the Pikeville Federal Bureau of Investigation office executed several dederal arrest warrants in Pike County.
Detectives arrested Teddy and Willa Elswick of Marrowbone; Mackie Branham of Elkhorn Creek; Luther Baker and Renae Wright of Ashcamp; Brenda Silcox of Ashcamp; Gregory Hackney of Phyllis; and Justin Blackburn of Marrowbone Creek Road.
All of the accused were indicted in U.S. District Court on May 4 for various conspiracy and drug trafficking charges. The indictments and subsequent arrests were a result of an 18-month investigation conducted by the Pikeville KSP Post 9 Street Level and Drug Enforcement Special Investigations/East Section Detectives. They were assisted with the investigation by special agents with the Pikeville FBI office.
During the course of the investigation, KSP detectives were able to make several undercover drug buys from each of the people charged in the case. In February, detectives were able to execute search warrants at the residences and other properties of several of those who were indicted and arrested.
During the execution of those search warrants, law enforcement officials located several thousand Oxycodone (Opiates) 30 mg and 15 mg tablets, as well as a large quantity of Xanax (Benzodiazepine) pills.
The tablets have a street value in excess of $500,000.
Detectives also located several handguns and approximately $120,000 in cash.
The KSP thanked the local residents for their diligence in reporting suspicious activity and encouraged the public to continue reporting people that they suspect of illegal drug trafficking within Pike County to a trooper or detective at Post 9, by calling 606-433-7711.
People who report suspicious activity may remain anonymous.
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