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Tip leads to biggest drug bust conducted by Hazard Police Department

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 10:29:52-05

HAZARD, Ky. (LEX 18/HAZARD HERALD) — The Hazard Police Department responded to an anonymous tip that eventually led to the biggest drug bust in the department's history.

The Hazard Herald reported that the anonymous tip led officers to the Quality Inn hotel on Nov. 14.

According to police, officers knocked on the door of a room and told the occupants to answer.

"We had an anonymous tip that there was some drug activity going on there, we arrived and made contact," said Lt. John Holbrook. "Upon making contact, you could hear people inside."

Holbrook also said that officers could see the occupants through the windows hiding things.

One of the occupants, William Evans, 34, of Louisville, told officers to "hang on" and that he was putting on clothes.

According to court documents, Evans opened the door two to three minutes later. When Evans answered the door, the officers informed him that they saw him hiding stuff through the window. Evans then admitted to having drugs in the room.

The court document also stated that Evans gave the officers permission to search the room.

Officers found the following, according to court documents:

  • 494 grams of possible meth
  • 118 grams of possible cocaine
  • Over 7 grams of possible heroin
  • Baggie of marijuana
  • Several items that might have been used in drug trafficking
  • Loaded 9mm handgun
  • $1,052 on Evans
  • 3 meth pipes
  • Several needles