Major Drug Roundup In Rowan County

Seven people were arrested following a six-month undercover drug investigation in Rowan County, according to The Morehead News.

Authorities said the investigation, dubbed ‘Rowan Roundup,’ involved a drug that police called a new threat, Suboxone. 

It’s a medication used to treat drug addiction that people are now using to get high, according to investigators.

The following is an excerpt from The Morehead News article:

“This is not something we have seen before but is now a huge issue because users have learned how to cut the Suboxone and use it to shoot up and get high,” said Chief Deputy Joe Cline. “We have to combat oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine, and now Suboxone which is supposed to help addiction and does for many but this is becoming a real problem.

Sheriff’s investigators say they had seen an upsurge of misuse and began monitoring Suboxone use.

“We began in the fall trying to understand the abuse of Suboxone. We then set up surveillance and conducted undercover buys,” said Cline. “There are more arrests coming because of this drug and the others we combat daily to keep off the streets.”

Authorities said the following people were arrested:

Rebecca Crawford, 23, of Jones Ridge Road, Morehead, was arrested for trafficking controlled substance in the second degree.

Perry Hunt, 37, also of Jones Ridge Road, was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance in the second degree.

Amanda Bailey, 26, of Clearfield Estates, Morehead, was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance in the second degree.

Dallas Troy Waddell, 74, of Clayton Lane, Morehead, was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance in the second degree.

Bobby Hanshel, 26, was arrested  for trafficking a controlled substance in the second degree.

One of the arrests was of a woman allegedly selling Lortab pills out of the Certified gas station on US 60.

Mary A. Littleton 40, of Morehead, was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance in the second degree. Investigators say she sold multiple pills to undercover persons while she was working as a cashier at the convenience store.

The last arrest was Bo David Thompson 24, of Criqueside Drive, who is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense.

Authorities say Thompson was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in May after he was running naked through his neighborhood and destroying windows of an apartment building. It took five Morehead Police officers to subdue Thompson at that time.

‘Rowan Roundup’ is partially funded by Operation UNITE.

“UNITE has taken a major funding cut but is still supporting endeavors to keep drug dealers and users off the streets,” said Cline.

The sheriff’s office urges business owners, anyone working at hotels or motels and citizens to continue to report suspicious activity or potential drug trafficking to them by calling 784-5446.

Information can be reported anonymously.

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