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Laurel County Drug Sweep Nets 20 Arrests

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 15:15:10-05

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Law enforcement in Laurel County arrested 20 people early Monday in drug sweep that official dubbed “Operation March Madness.”

Laurel County Sheriff John Root’s office said deputies paired with federal agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshal’s Service in targeting more than two dozen people on drug trafficking and possession charges.

Arrested on charges of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine were: Megan Lynn Hill, 25, of Gray; Barbara J. Masters, 50, of Gray; Johnny Robert Eads, 46, of Gray; Charles L. Hensley, 38, of Corbin; Joshua Leslie Cox, 35, of Woodbine; Nancy Ann Salyer, 34, of Rock Hold; Brandi Jo Miller, 33, of East Bernstadt; Stephanie Allen, 36, of London; and Susan Brewer, 38, of Woollum.

In addition, arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine were: Johnny Craig Sasser, 54, Lily; George Griffey, 35, Keavy; James Woods; Peggy Hoskins; and Ronnie Caldwell.

Two more people were arrested during the roundup: Lela Jean Snellings, 54, of Keavy was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest; Elbert Lee McFadden, 43, of London was charged with first-degree possession of methamphetamine.

And the sheriff’s office announced four others also were arrested overnight on drug charges: Robert W. McWhorter, 37, of East Bernstadt for first-degree possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear; Steven D. Messer, 40, of Gray for first degree trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia; Lee S. Saylor, 43, of London for first-degree possession of methamphetamine, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Travis Lamonz Cannon, 38, of London for trafficking in heroin.