Drug task force rounds up numerous individuals during ‘Operation Summer Splash’


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemopcratleader.com



Photo by Chris Cooper Russellville Police Officers helped agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Thursday, Aug. 6 round up numerous suspects.


Photo by Chris Cooper Task Force agents test for possible drugs found in Lewisburg.


Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Laura Hadden arrests one of the many suspects taken into custody Thursday, Aug. 6 as part of “Operation Summer Splash.”


Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County Deputy Shaun Embry searches for a suspect in Russellville during “Operation Summer Splash.”


Photo by Chris Cooper A purse is located with suspected illegal drugs during “Operation Summer Splash.”


Several illegal drugs were found during the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force “Operation Summer Splash,” beginning Thursday, Aug. 6.


The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) started serving indictment warrants in Logan County on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The event that was titled “Operation Summer Splash,” and nabbed numerous suspects all throughout Logan County.

“The arrests stemmed from a six month long investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking,” said SCKDTF Director Jacky Ray Hunt. “Agents from the task force spent many hours on surveillance, gathering intelligence, and using other means to develop drug investigations.”

At the time of the news release 13 people had been arrested with several more indictments still waiting to be served.

The ND&L was asked to join the task force during the roundup, which was very well organized and involved several law enforcement agencies working together to gather up those who are suspected of illegal drug activity in the community. Watching the agents, deputies, and police officers as they covertly drove to the addresses they had for the suspects, was not only impressive, but gave a viewpoint most are not privy to.

Agents and law enforcement officers risked their lives on each stop, not knowing what they would face, or who they would come in contact with. Just getting out of their cruisers and unmarked vehicles posed a threat to their safety, not to mention knocking on doors of those who are suspected drug dealers and manufacturers.

Some of the residences the agents ascended upon had cameras on the outside to see who was coming. This posed a real threat to the health and safety of those law enforcement officers who work daily to clean up the community to make it a more safe environment.

At the end of the day, several suspects had been apprehended and several illegal drugs were found.

Assisting the task force during “Operation Summer Splash,” were the Russellville Police Department, the Logan County Sheriffs Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Lewisburg Police Department, the Adairville Police Department and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

The result was the indictment and arrest of the individuals listed:

Jared L. Smith, 27, of Adairville

Manufacturing methamphetamine 1st , possession of a controlled substance 1st (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of meth precursor 1st, prescription not in proper container 1st, trafficking in a legend drug 1st, and persistent felony offender 1st

James N. Townsend, 34, of Russellville

Possession of marijuana and promoting contraband 1st

Tresten L. York, 35, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance 1st

Kenneth J. Taylor, 50, of Rockfield

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st and possession of a controlled substance 1st

Ryan Parker, 32, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance 3rd, 1st and possession of a controlled substance 3rd, 1st

Brooks Camp, 33, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st and possession of a controlled substance 1st

Sabrina Baxter, 44, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st- 2 counts and possession of a controlled substance 1st- 2 counts

Stacey Rogers, 35, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st, possession of a controlled substance 1st, and prescription controlled substance not in original container 1st

Leslie R. Vick, 32, of Adairville

Manufacture methamphetamine 1st, possession of a controlled substance 1st (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of a meth precursor 1st, and drug paraphernalia buy possess

Melissa H. Hale, 53, of Lewisburg

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st (methamphetamine)- 2 counts, possession of a controlled substance 1st (methamphetamine)- 2 counts, and drug paraphernalia buy possess- 2 counts

Marshall W. Riley, 32, of Russellville

Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st and drug paraphernalia buy possess

Thomas E. Bigbee, 51, of Russellville

Promoting contraband 2nd degree, possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia buy possess

Amanda D. Harrington, 29, of Russellville

Possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree, possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia buy possess

Photo by Chris Cooper Russellville Police Officers helped agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Thursday, Aug. 6 round up numerous suspects.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0359.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Russellville Police Officers helped agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Thursday, Aug. 6 round up numerous suspects.

Photo by Chris Cooper Task Force agents test for possible drugs found in Lewisburg.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSCN00691.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Task Force agents test for possible drugs found in Lewisburg.

Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Laura Hadden arrests one of the many suspects taken into custody Thursday, Aug. 6 as part of “Operation Summer Splash.”
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSCN00721.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Laura Hadden arrests one of the many suspects taken into custody Thursday, Aug. 6 as part of “Operation Summer Splash.”

Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County Deputy Shaun Embry searches for a suspect in Russellville during “Operation Summer Splash.”
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0355.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Logan County Deputy Shaun Embry searches for a suspect in Russellville during “Operation Summer Splash.”

Photo by Chris Cooper A purse is located with suspected illegal drugs during “Operation Summer Splash.”
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSCN00681.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper A purse is located with suspected illegal drugs during “Operation Summer Splash.”

Several illegal drugs were found during the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force “Operation Summer Splash,” beginning Thursday, Aug. 6.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSCN0434.jpgSeveral illegal drugs were found during the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force “Operation Summer Splash,” beginning Thursday, Aug. 6.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemopcratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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