Police conduct roundup


At least 17 arrested in drug operation

Joe P. Asher|Daily Enterprise Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely escorts Micheal and Chris Cornett into the Harlan County Detention Center during the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office drug roundup on Thursday.


Photo submitted The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup on Thursday, netting at least 17 individuals.


The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup on Thursday, with police placing 17 individuals into custody.

According to a press release, the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested drug offenders throughout Harlan County. The roundup was a result of undercover drug investigations by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives. Drugs purchased through undercover investigations by the Sheriff’s Office included prescription controlled substances, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The release states the Sheriff’s Office was attempting to serve 25 indictment warrants for drug trafficking. At press time 16 people have been arrested on warrants for drug trafficking. One additional warrant for intimidating a participant in the legal process was served as a result of an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. Additional warrants are outstanding and additional arrests are pending. Undercover drug investigations continue by the Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested include:

Brandy Cantrell, 36, of Cumberland, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender; Betty Addington, 31, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Ronnie Widner, 54, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Kelly Coker, 33, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Roderick Benson, 35, of Cumberland, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender; James Halcomb, 31, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender; Alicia Wigington, 31, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, Joni Wilson, 38, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Bianca Shown, 25, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Justin Simpson, 30, of Totz, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender; Michael Cornett, 37, of Cumberland, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Jimmy Pike, 27, of Harlan, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Christopher Cornett, 34, of Cumberland, third-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Jamille Stewart, 24, of Cumberland, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces); Dianne Brown, 43, of Cumberland, intimidating a participant in the legal process; Ashley Burkhart, 30, of Evarts, first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, persistent felony offender; Michael Clark, 39, felony trafficking, persistent felony offender.

All were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Cumberland City Police Department, the Benham City Police Department, the Harlan City Police Department and the Appalachia Narcotics Investigations team.

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Joe P. Asher|Daily Enterprise Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely escorts Micheal and Chris Cornett into the Harlan County Detention Center during the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office drug roundup on Thursday.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_RoundupUse3-Copy.jpgJoe P. Asher|Daily Enterprise Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely escorts Micheal and Chris Cornett into the Harlan County Detention Center during the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office drug roundup on Thursday.

Photo submitted The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup on Thursday, netting at least 17 individuals.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_roundupSubmitted.jpgPhoto submitted The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup on Thursday, netting at least 17 individuals.
At least 17 arrested in drug operation
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