2 women arrested on trafficking charges


Man indicted for assaulting police officer

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Melissa Hensley


Rosetta Chandler


Two women were arrested by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office on drug charges after allegedly selling narcotics to police informants.

Melissa Hensley, 45, of Baxter, and Rosetta Chandler, 59, of Baxter, were arrested on Thursday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives.

According to a press release, the arrests are a result of an ongoing investigation. Through the course of an undercover investigation, Hensley unlawfully sold Schedule III narcotics to a confidential informant cooperating with the sheriff’s office on three different occasions. Chandler unlawfully sold Schedule II narcotics to a confidential informant cooperating with the sheriff’s office on two different occasions.

Hensley was charged with three counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $15,000 full cash bond.

Chandler was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

The case remains under the investigation of Harlan County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives. Police said additional investigations are ongoing and further arrests are pending.

In other police activity:

• Frank Lee Jr., 31, of Cumberland, was arrested on Thursday by Deputy Winston Yeary on an indictment warrant. Lee was indicted on two counts of third-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lee was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond. The case remains under investigation by Cumberland Police Department;

• Gregory Allen Coots Jr., 21, of Cumberland, was arrested on Thursday by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo. He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of synthetic drugs and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Coots was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Charles Lewis, 69, of Cumberland, was arrested by Yeary on Thursday. According to the arrest warrant obtained by Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Cornett, Lewis unlawfully entered property owned by Forest Products Inc., took property valued at over $500 and caused damage estimated at $1,800. Lewis was charged with first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and third degree criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.

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Melissa Hensley
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_MelissaHensley.jpgMelissa Hensley

Rosetta Chandler
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_RosettaChandler.jpgRosetta Chandler
Man indicted for assaulting police officer

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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