Drug roundup conducted in Bell County


By Debbie Caldwell - [email protected]



Debbie Caldwell | Daily News Irene Wiggins was taken into the Bell County Detention Center by Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews on Wednesday. She arrested on numerous drug trafficking charges.


Numerous police agencies in Bell County participated in a drug roundup Wednesday morning with a target number of 27 people. As of 10 a.m., 11 people had been arrested.

Police personnel gathered at the Pineville Police Department to assist Kentucky State Police detectives from Post 10 Harlan and the Appalachia Narcotics Investigations group.

KSP Sgt. Jeremy Lee, with Appalachia Narcotics Investigations said after receiving numerous complaints from the Pineville community about possible drug activity at the residence of Irene Wiggins, Appalachia Narcotics Investigations was able to initiate several drug cases on Wiggins. A search warrant was executed at Wiggins’ residence where numerous prescription medications were seized as well as money and a firearm.

Wiggins, 64, of Pineville was arrested Wednesday by Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews and members of Appalachia Narcotics Investigations. She has been charged with five counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency narcotics investigation unit comprised of detectives from the Kentucky State Police, Pineville Police Department, Bell County Sheriff’s Office and the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Officers with the Middlesboro Police Department also assisted in the drug roundup on Wednesday in the Middlesboro area.

A list of those arrested in the roundup will be available as it is received from the Kentucky State Police.

Debbie Caldwell | Daily News Irene Wiggins was taken into the Bell County Detention Center by Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews on Wednesday. She arrested on numerous drug trafficking charges.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Roundup-1.jpgDebbie Caldwell | Daily News Irene Wiggins was taken into the Bell County Detention Center by Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews on Wednesday. She arrested on numerous drug trafficking charges.

By Debbie Caldwell

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