Roundup nets 10 arrests


By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A drug roundup conducted in the Loyall and Rio Vista area netted 10 arrests for drug charges and four other warrants served by the Loyall Police Department on Thursday morning.


Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise As residents were arrested they were placed in a room at Loyall City Hall.


Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise Individuals arrested are seen being placed in a shuttle bus provided by the Harlan County Detention Center. Those arrested were transported by jail staff to the jail.


Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A total of 14 people were transported to the Harlan County Detention Center on Thursday morning after the Loyall Police Department arrested 10 for drug related charges and four other types of warrants.


Police executed a drug roundup in Loyall on Thursday, netting a double-digit number of individuals, mostly on drug charges.

Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford said the operation was the result of three months of investigations.

“We had a total of 29 warrants on 17 people,” Lunsford said. “Up until now we’ve managed to get 10 of them. We’re still checking on the whereabouts of a few others. We also picked up four people on bench warrants that were in the general area.”

Lunsford said the operation got under way at roughly 8 a.m.

“The warrants were for everything from marijuana, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine pills, Suboxone, just a little bit of everything that we’ve purchased throughout the investigation,” Lunsford explained.

Lunsford mentioned that another agency was currently looking in another county for a relative of one of those arrested.

“We’ve got 10 out of the 17 drug warrants,” said Lunsford. “Four people had bench warrants served on them.”

Lunsford pointed out the arrests are at the district court level, not indictments handed down by the grand jury.

Lunsford said along with himself and Officer Mitch Alford, the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, the Harlan City Police Department and the Harlan County Detention Center all assisted in the roundup.

Lunsford said this is the first drug roundup his department has executed in over a year. He said the warrants ranged from felony to misdemeanor drug charges.

“The bottom line is — if you’re selling it we can get you,” Lunsford said. “We don’t care how big or small it is.”

Individuals arrested in the roundup include:

Fred Hensley, 68, of Baxter, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Freddie Hensley; Micheal Gross, 52, of Loyall, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Dennis Smith, 31, of Baxter, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Jarrod Doepel, 29, of Loyall, trafficking legend drugs; Boyd Johnson, 64, of Loyall, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Georgia Johnson, 56, of Baxter, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; Danny Perkins, 62 of Loyall, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and trafficking legend drugs; Susan Simms, 55, of Loyall, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; John Paul Thomas, 60, of Loyall, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance; and Ronnie Nantz, first- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Kayla Johnson, 26, of Evarts, Shane Teague, 25, of Loyall, and Scotty Simpson, 30, of Loyall, were arrested on bench warrants for failure to appear.

Additional arrests and charges are possible.

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Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A drug roundup conducted in the Loyall and Rio Vista area netted 10 arrests for drug charges and four other warrants served by the Loyall Police Department on Thursday morning.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Drug11.jpgNola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A drug roundup conducted in the Loyall and Rio Vista area netted 10 arrests for drug charges and four other warrants served by the Loyall Police Department on Thursday morning.

Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise As residents were arrested they were placed in a room at Loyall City Hall.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Drug21.jpgNola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise As residents were arrested they were placed in a room at Loyall City Hall.

Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise Individuals arrested are seen being placed in a shuttle bus provided by the Harlan County Detention Center. Those arrested were transported by jail staff to the jail.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Drug31.jpgNola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise Individuals arrested are seen being placed in a shuttle bus provided by the Harlan County Detention Center. Those arrested were transported by jail staff to the jail.

Nola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A total of 14 people were transported to the Harlan County Detention Center on Thursday morning after the Loyall Police Department arrested 10 for drug related charges and four other types of warrants.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Drug41.jpgNola Sizemore|Daily Enterprise A total of 14 people were transported to the Harlan County Detention Center on Thursday morning after the Loyall Police Department arrested 10 for drug related charges and four other types of warrants.

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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