PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A 911 dispatcher who is also a police officer is facing charges after an undercover drug investigation ended in his arrest.
According to a UNITE press release, Matthew Blanton, 33, and Bradley Childers, 34, both of Pikeville, were charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Blanton was identified is a dispatcher for the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and is also sworn in as a deputy for the department.
Operation UNITE Law Enforcement Director Paul Hays stated that a UNITE detective was working in the community of Marrowbone on Wednesday of last week with a confidential witness, and they bought the prescription drug Oxycodone from Childers. Investigators say that Blanton, who was not on duty at the time, was with Childers during the sale.
Hays said that Childers immediately became suspicious and asked Blanton to use his resources to identify the undercover detective. Investigators say that Childers was successful in learning the identity of the confidential witness.
“Later that night, Mr. Childers contacted our witness and threatened his life,” Hays added.
UNITE detectives were made aware of the threat and began an investigation with Pikeville Police and Pikeville Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police. Childers and Blanton were both arrested early Thursday morning.
“We take threats against individuals involved with our investigations very seriously,” Hays said. “We are also very concerned when a law enforcement officer is implicated in any illegal activity.”
“The cooperation provided by Sheriff Keesee and those officers who worked throughout the night to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion, are to be commended,” Hays said.
After the arrest, Sheriff Keesee told the Williamson Daily News that Blanton had been placed on an indefinite leave of absence without pay and suspended of all duties with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office until which time, UNITE completes their investigation.