Police in Scott County arrest 11 suspects on drug charges
The arrests are the result of investigations over the past several months, according to police.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Scottsburg Police Department said 11 people were arrested on Nov. 22 for drug-related offenses.
Authorities said more than 320 grams of meth, two handguns, several controlled substances and cash were found by police when the arrest warrants were served. Police said the meth has an estimated street value of more than $25,000.
The following people were arrested and taken to the Scott County Detention Center on the following charges:
- Billy W. Cochran, 55, is charged with dealing meth, conspiracy to deal meth, maintaining a common nuisance and several misdemeanor crimes
- Lacy Ann Coffman, 24, is charged with dealing meth and conspiracy to deal meth
- Dustin W. Smith, 20, is charged with two counts of dealing heroin and two counts of conspiracy to deal heroin
- Kathi J. Shear, 30, is charged with two counts of dealing meth and two counts of conspiracy to deal meth
- Marcia Whitfill, 72, is charged with two counts of dealing in Opana, two counts of conspiracy to deal Opana and possession of a narcotic drug
- Baranda K. Collins, 36, is charged with two counts of dealing meth and two counts of conspiracy to deal meth
- Brack J. Neace, 30, is charged with maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance
- Charles E. Napier, 52, is charged with dealing in marijuana, conspiracy to deal marijuana, two counts of dealing in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance
- Randall D. Jones, 44, is charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana
- Shannon R. Terry, 34, is charged with visiting a common nuisance
- John D. Gibbons, 34, is charged with possession of a synthetic drug and visiting a common nuisance
"Used to be a small town like Mayberry, but it's not quite like that anymore," said Bill Calloway, a longtime Scott County Barber. "Next month will be 46 years."
So Calloway has been around long enough to see a lot of changes.
"It is different from when I grew up, when I was a kid," he said.
Scott County Police said that difference is the drug epidemic sweeping the nation and Kentuckiana.
"Years ago, it used to be you'd have one large dealer," said Det. Sgt. Steve Herald with Scottsburg Police. "Now, everybody is going to Louisville and Jeff and bringing back, and that's one of the biggest problems we face is there are multiple small dealers."
Herald said the joint investigation included Austin Police and Scott County Sheriff's detectives. He said the drug problem is getting so bad that the arrest of a 72-year-old woman doesn't really come as a big surprise.
"Unfortunately, we deal with every age group," he said. "It does break your heart to see things like that."
Herald said there's also a reason police moved in on the eve of Thanksgiving.
"We prepared arrest warrants thinking that people would be in the area for the holidays and have large amounts of narcotics at the residences," he said.
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