Several arrested in Pike County drug sweep

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

November 15, 2013

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A drug investigation that had been underway for several months in Pike County, Ky., has yielded numerous arrests, and the chance of others being added to that list is believed to be a very strong possibility, as time goes on.

According to information obtained from Pikeville Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police (KSP), the roundup of those who arrest warrants had been obtained again began in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13, with the investigation being a joint effort between officers and detective with the KSP, the FBI, and City of Pikeville Police Department. The officers embarked on a federal drug roundup in the county, with a great portion of those arrested being located within city limits.

The roundup was the result of a seven month joint investigation into the trafficking of heroin in and around Pikeville, Ky. Investigators were able to identify local traffickers whom were conspiring with out of state sources to obtain heroin to be brought back to the local area for distribution.

Officers executed 14 of the 15 federal indictment warrants without incidence. The accused were charged with conspiracy to distribute Heroin, as well as other distribution charges. Investigators were also assisted during the round up by agents from the KSP Drug Enforcement/Special Investigation East and KSP K-9 East.

Investigators would like to thank the community for the information and tips that they received during this investigation. Without the community’s support and cooperation, arrests such as these would be harder to conduct. KSP Pikeville Post 9 would like to remind everyone that if they have drug information, they can contact an officer by calling 606-433-7711. Callers may remain anonymous.

During the Nov. 13th roundup, the following suspects were arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center:

Kristin Campbell; Jessica Campbell; Lindsey Pruitt; Tonya Cox; Amanda Hurley; Angela Gumbert; Tiffany Caudill; Alorea Prater; Jerry Beavers; Richard Compton; James Mullins; William Blanton and James Brunty; all of Pikeville, Ky., and Richard Hodges, of Cincinnati, Ohio.