$120,000, guns, drugs seized, nine indicted on federal charges

Indictments follow 10-month, multi-agency investigation

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – A multi-agency investigation over 10 months resulted in the indictment recently of nine people in a 27-count federal drug trafficking indictmentImage 9.Image 8Image 7

The work was done by the Gateway Area Drug Task Force which said the indictments disrupted a “large-scale drug trafficking organization.”

The nine people indicted on federal drug charges included:
1. Craig Robertson
2. Casey Creech
3. Brenda Nicole Fugate
4. Houston Johnson
5. Patricia Morgan
6. Angela Halsey
7. Tony Fugate
8. Pamela Smith Baker
9. Michael Dustin Johnson
According to the Mt. Sterling Police Department, charges included Conspiracy to Distribute methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute fentanyl, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, use of a firearm in furtherance of narcotic trafficking, and money laundering. This organization was believed to be obtaining narcotics from California and having those narcotics transported to Lexington, Ky., according to investigators.
These narcotics were then being distributed to local areas including Clark, Montgomery, and Powell counties, according to the agency.
During the course of the investigation, the following was seized: Approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine, just under 3 pounds of heroin/fentanyl, 9 firearms, and over $120,000 in cash. More arrests and charges are anticipated as a part of this investigation, the agency aid.
The AHIDTA Gateway Area Drug Task Force is comprised of detectives from the Mount Sterling Police Department, Stanton Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, and Special Agents with the ATF. The investigation was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington Police Department, and Special Agents with the DEA, the agency said.
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