Joint agency drug roundup leads to several arrests

Pictured is evidence from a suspected drug trafficker that law enforcement confiscated during the joint agency drug round up that took place on Thursday between the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Pikeville Police Department.

After months of investigation, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Pikeville Police Department executed a county-wide round up of suspected drug traffickers Thursday, as both agencies continue what Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds said was an on-going battle to get drugs off the streets.

On Thursday, the PCSD and the PPD partnered up to execute a joint agency drug round up in an effort to serve indictment warrants against 12 people, all related to felony trafficking charges, and according to Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott, the round up was a success because of the effort by both agencies.

“Any time we have the opportunity to work with any of the agencies, of course we will and we want to,” Scott said. “This is something that the sheriff’s office and the city have been working on for the last three to four months.”

According to Scott, those three to four months of investigation are a part of a greater effort both agencies have been making to rid both Pike County and the City of Pikeville of drug dealers.

“Anytime we can get dope dealers off the streets and out of the hollows, we want to do our part to help the community,” Scott said. “That’s something we’ve been working on for the last nine to 10 months.”

Edmonds echoed Scott’s thoughts regarding the round-up, as he believed the joint operation resulted in a successful day for both agencies.

“It’s a really great success story that these two departments can come together and work so well with each other to combat this meth epidemic we have in this area,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds said he likes to see these joint operations between the agencies come to fruition because both agencies are fighting for a common cause – getting drugs off the streets in Pike County and the City of Pikeville.

“It’s going to be an ongoing battle that we’re going to continue to fight,” Edmonds said. “People need to realize that selling drugs is not going to be tolerated by any law enforcement agency in this county.”

According to both Scott and Edmonds, several of the alleged traffickers indicted were brought into custody. Those included:

• Christopher Terlau, 39, of Keyser Heights, Pikeville, on three separate charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Starlet F. Tackett, 53, of Ashcamp Road, Elkhorn City, on two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and three additional counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Johnny D. Brizendine, 43, of Ky. 632, Phelps, on first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender in the second-degree.

• Melinda McCarty, 37, of Right Fork Beaver, Elkhorn City, on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Jeffery A. Coleman, 38, of Greasy Creek Road, Pikeville, on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• William E. Bowling, 38, of Bowling Fork Road, Elkhorn City, on a charge ofsecond-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Police also served warrants for three indictments against Christopher S. Staton, 36, of Long Branch Road, Belfry, who was already in custody at the Pike County Detention Center. Staton was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance across the three indictments.

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