Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Round Up of Drug Suspects in Pike County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


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Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that agents from the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI), along with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Operation Unite and HIDTA conducted a round up of drug traffickers caught during a twelve-month undercover sting operation.  The drug round up began this morning in Pike County and concluded with the arrest of eleven suspects. Four more suspects are still being sought.

The alleged drug traffickers were targeted in sealed indictments from the Pike County Grand Jury. Each of the eleven individuals arrested today sold drugs to undercover agents during the investigation.  Two additional suspects were arrested today who were not part of the original sting but were found to be in possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

“We have a drug epidemic in the Commonwealth,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo.  “Making pushers pay is our top priority and Pike County Sheriff Fuzzy Keesee has done a great job on this bust.   This type of joint operation is critical to protect all Kentuckians.”

The charged individuals are being held at the Pike County Detention Center.

Names of Individuals Arrested in Round-Up:

  • Tiffany Carol Thacker, Pikeville, Ky., age 33, charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana
  • Avery Newsome, Pikeville, Ky., age 42, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree
  • Gary Hall, Elkhorn City, Ky., age 47, charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree
  • Tammy Hall, Elkhorn City, Ky., age 43, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree
  • Eddie Helton, Elkhorn City, Ky., age 50, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree
  • Michael Wayne Justice, Elkhorn City, Ky., age 56, charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree
  • Donnie Kinder, Mouthcard, Ky., age 74, charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree
  • Patrick Wolford, Phelps, Ky., age 40, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 2nd degree.
  • Steve Hackney, aka Pete, Belfry, Ky., age 44, charged with three counts of trafficking in the 2nd degree and trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school.
  • Carl Rayburn, Jr., aka Junior, Majestic, Ky, age 56, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree.
  • Judina Ann Blankenship, Stopover, Ky, age 29, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree.
  • John Lewis Hurley, Stopover, Ky, age 56, charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree.
  • Roy C. Blankenship, Jr., Stopover, Ky., age 29, charged with trafficking in controlled substance, 1st degree.