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Police arrest eight people in drug roundup in Pike County, KY

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Kristen Campbell Kristen Campbell
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CHARLESTON, WV -

Several people were arrested during a drug roundup in Pike County, KY Friday.

According to a news release issued by Operation UNITE, several police agencies assisted UNITED detectives in serving drug trafficking warrants on 27 people, a quarter of which involved heroin sales.

The release says that heroin is slowly becoming a trendy drug among dealers in Pike County.

"It's cheaper and it's becoming easier to get than prescription drugs such as OxyContin," said Keith Napier, Operation UNITE's Big Sandy Task Force manager. "We've been noticing this trend for several months."

The release says that most of the other cases during the 10-month investigation involved Oxycodone, cocaine or marijuana.

Police seized small quantities of Suboxone and marijuana from several homes during the roundup.

According to the release, easy access to interstate highways seems to play a factor in where heroin, which is brought in from out-of-state, is turning up on the streets.

Heroin has been an epidemic problem in Northern Kentucky, most recently in Fayette County, but is slowly making its way into rural portions of Kentucky.

The release says that along with the increase in heroin sales comes an increase in heroin-related overdose deaths.

"That's something we desperately want to prevent in this region," Napier said.

Police are continuing to seek out those who could not be located on Friday.

Those arrested as of 1:30 p.m. and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center were:

• Kristen Campbell, 22, Stone Coal Road, Pikeville, five counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Paula Childers, 32, Kentucky Avenue, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Sandy Ford, 29, Kentucky Avenue, Pikeville, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Anthony Hall, 29, Ratliffs Creek Road, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Richard Hodges, 40, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Julie Rawson, 43, Stone Coal Road, Pikeville, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

• Arlis Silcox, 26, Ashcamp Road, Elkhorn City, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Kendall Webb, 52, Brush Road, Varney, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.