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13 arrested in drug sweep

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By Becky Barnes

Thirteen men and women were picked up in Harrison County last Friday morning as part of the statewide Operation Black Friday drug sweep.

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Kentucky State Police, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) East began knocking on doors at 9 a.m. Friday and lodged 34 charges against the 13 individuals.

The warrants were for drug-related charges, primarily trafficking heroin. However, others were arrested if they had outstanding warrants and were found in the residence where the drug arrest was made.

Police made six arrests in one home alone.

According to Tpr. David Jones, KSP public information officer, more arrests are expected in the coming days.

Those arrested in Harrison County included:

•April Asher, 33, three counts of first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•Michael Mattox, 33, four counts first degree trafficking in controlled substance and persistent felony offender;

•Erica Boyers, 34, five counts first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•Robert Asher, 33, two counts first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•JB Asher, three counts first degree trafficking in controlled substance charges from search warrant; a fourth count of first degree trafficking in controlled substance was also added.

•William Sowder, 38, first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•James McAdams, two counts of first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•Chelcy Asher, two counts of first degree trafficking in controlled substance and three counts of second degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•Jessica Commodore was served a warrant for flagrant non-support;

•Robert Tucker, 27, one count of first degree trafficking in controlled substance and was served warrants for criminal trespass and receiving stolen property under $500;

•Thelma Stevens, two counts of first degree trafficking in controlled substance;

•Tony Cadle, one count of first degree trafficking in controlled substance; and

•Kenneth Collins, one count of first degree trafficking in controlled substance.

Operation Black Friday was billed as one of the largest statewide sweeps in the agency’s history with 479 arrests on 774 charges.

Arrests were also made in adjoining counties. In Pendleton County, where just a few months ago officers arrested nearly 50 individuals on heroin charges, three  more were arrested. One was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and two others for trafficking in a simulated substance.

Nicholas County had 16 individuals arrested Friday and Bourbon County picked up 14.

Many of Harrison County’s suspects have already appeared before Judge Jay Delaney for arraignment.

 April Asher, Michael Mattox, Erica Boyers, Robert Asher, JB  Asher and Chelcy Asher entered not guilty pleas. Jury trials were set for Jan. 14 in Harrison Circuit Court.