JCSO Conducts Operation “Spring Clean-up”
According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Shedriff's Office, in conjunction with Operation UNITE officials, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office began Operation Spring Clean Up Thursday with the round up and arrests of 13 individuals on 36 counts of drug trafficking and other related charges. Sheriff Price stated, "We said from day one, if you are gonna deal in prescription, or any other drugs, we'll arrest you. We have had several successful round-ups and will continue to do so, as long as drugs continue to be sold and distributed in our county". According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, the top three controlled prescription drugs that have a high addiction rate are Hydrocodone (Lortab, Loracet and Vicodin); Oxycodone (Oxycontin and Percocet) and Alprazolam (Xanax). These are also the top three most common controlled prescription drugs. In Kentucky, more than 1000 people each year die from the abuse of these powerful painkillers. More Kentuckians are dying from overdoses than traffic accidents. Sheriff Price said, "We've made an impact in the county, but it is like bandaging a gaping wound. It has slowed down but we still have more work to do. We need the help of every single resident of Johnson County. If you see something fishy, call it in! You can call anytime. There will be someone available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call.”
Those arrested were:
Joseph “Joey” Young,
John Erik Blair,
Cheskla “Chat” Burchett,
Elmer L. Price.
Two other individuals, Tiffany Beverly and Robert Parker were served with indictment warrants, but were already being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on unrelated charges. If you have knowledge of drug activity, or any illegal activity, please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.