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Area narcotics task force makes substantial arrests Thursday

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Agencies assigned to the Bluegrass Narcotics Task Force (Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Cynthiana Police Department, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department) and the Kentucky State Police began conducting narcotic investigations in Cynthiana, Harrison County. During the course of these investigations, detectives purchased and/or confiscated heroin, fentanyl, prescription narcotics and vehicles from suspects throughout the city and county. 
Sheriff Shain Stephens said, “Some of these distributors sold heroin and fentanyl in the community.  These illegal narcotics are linked to many overdose deaths and due to the efforts and full cooperation between state and local officers these drug arrests were possible. In 2014, when I became sheriff I had a committed drive to focus on the overdose deaths and the drug traffickers in this community.  As a result, last year  Harrison County saw a reduction in overdose deaths by 50 percent from the previous year, and many arrests and convictions were made in both state and federal court.”    
All of the defendants in the investigation were indicted and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.
The following individuals were indicted by the Harrison County grand jury:
•Gary Courtney, 48 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Mary Gramer, 23 years old, Dayton, Ohio
•Randy Mullins, 25 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Joseph “Joey” Palmer, 34 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Jouna Hanibel, 38 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky 
•Blake Binfold aka “Alaska”, 25 years old, Cincinnati, Ohio
•Bernard D. Corbiere, 55 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Jimmy Gault, 58 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Jessica Gault, 27 years old, Berry, Kentucky
•Jeffrey C. Kiskaden, 55 years old, Berry, Kentucky
•Troy Kelly, 35 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Ashley M. Rice, 29 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•Randy Switzer, 46 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
Additional arrests that occurred during the service of the indictment warrants included:
•Robert Tucker, 33 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
--Failure to Appear
--Possession of Heroin
--Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
•James Fryman, 36 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
--Trafficking Marijuana
--Possession/View of Minor in the sexual performance (15 counts)
•Walter Nickerson, 31 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
--carrying a concealed deadly weapon
•Kasey Hitch, 36 Years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
--bail jumping 1st degree
--contempt of court
•Christopher J. Blevins
--fugitive from justice (Ohio)
•Beverly Overly
--failure to make restitution (probation violation)
Since November 2017, the Harrison County Grand Jury has indicted several other defendants as a result of the cooperation and collective efforts of the local drug task force.
•Dorian Robinson, 42 years old, Paris, Kentucky
•Elisha Varner, 26 years old, Corinth, Kentucky
•Levi Varner, 26 years old, Corinth, Kentucky
•Scott Varner, 60 years old, Corinth, Kentucky
•Amber Kinney, 26 years old, Corinth, Kentucky
•Brandon Craig, 19 years old, Dry Ridge, Kentucky
•Robbie Commodore, Sr., 52 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
•John Matthews, 43 years old, Cynthiana, Kentucky
The Cynthiana Police Chief, Ray Johnson, says, “the task force has brought multiple agencies together to work more efficiently towards the same goal of reducing some of the most dangerous drugs in our community.”
Stephens and Johnson would like to thank the Kentucky ASAP program for the vision and commitment to assist with funding the task force.  The financial assistance is imperative to the continuing success of the task force and its goals.
Additional assistance was provided by Kentucky Probation Parole, Cabinet of Family Services and the Harrison County Jailer.
Harrison County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office is prosecuting the cases.