PSCD: Officers arrest seven alleged dealers

Pike County Sheriff’s deputies arrest Christopher Baldridge Monday as a part of a countywide roundup of alleged drug traffickers. The roundup was a joint operation between the Pikeville Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

After months of investigation, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Pikeville Police Department executed a countywide roundup of suspected drug traffickers Monday as both agencies continue to battle the ongoing drug epidemic sweeping Pike County.

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

“This was great day for Pike County,” Scott said. “Anytime two agencies can work together to help get drugs of the streets, it’s a success.”

According to Scott, this marks the third joint drug roundup of the year, which he said has helped put around 30 alleged drug traffickers behind bars.

Scott said Tuesday’s round up was a success and that of the eight alleged traffickers indicted, seven were brought into custody. Those included:

• Wesley Adkins, 33, of Greasy Creek, Shelbiana, on two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offenses).

• Kesha D. Branham, 33, of Hellier Hill, Hellier, on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and theft.

• Christopher Odell Baldridge, 30, of Hellier Hill, Hellier, on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and failure to appear in court.

• April L. Hill, 32, of Greasy Creek, Shelbiana, on a charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense).

• Zachary H. Goins, 28, of Rockhouse Circle, Elkhorn, on a charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense).

• Kristen D. Adkins, 29, of Greasy Creek, Shelbiana, on a charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense) and failure to pay fines.

The seventh person arrested during Monday’s round up had yet to be booked in the Pike County Detention Center as of presstime.

Scott said the PCSD would continue searching for the eighth person indicted but added that “what we don’t get, we’ll unseal the indictments.”

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