3 arrested in reported heroin ring operating in Pulaski Co.

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested three people after a year-long investigation into a heroin ring operating in Pulaski County.

The sheriff’s office arrested 26-year-old Samantha Poynter after she was involved in drug trafficking. Investigators also found the source of Poynter’s heroin supply in Cincinnati.

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The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received information that Poynter was on her way back to Somerset, from Cincinnati and was reportedly transporting a quantity of heroin.

Law Enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Police Department, Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and DEA located heroin when they executed a search warrant at her home on the same date.

Law enforcement says they then focused their investigation into the alleged source of the supply of heroin, 35-year-old Stephen Ushery.



Ushery, also known as “Vito”, had a home in Pulaski County as well.

Surveillance began on the Ushery residence as investigators continued to gather evidence into his drug enterprise. On September 13, 2018, Ushery was traffic stopped on East Highway 80. Ushery, along with a female in the vehicle, 35-year-old Kimberly Sweeten were taken into custody.

Investigators say Ushery had a large amount of cash on his person at the time of the stop.

A search warrant was then issued for Ushery’s Rosemont Avenue address in Pulaski County.

Upon searching the residence, Detectives located approximately 40 grams of heroin inside of the residence.

Suspects in this case were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in October 2018.