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December 23, 2011

Fourth sweep in Rowan Roundup II nets six more arrests

Dec. 23, 2011 —     Trafficking arrests in the Rowan Roundup II drug sweeps now total 23 as the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department closed the week with six additional arrests.

    William W. Fitzpatrick, 52, of Morehead, proved to be the biggest controlled substance trafficking arrest of the week.

    “Fitzpatrick was a larger level supplier of oxycodone,” said Chief Deputy Joe Cline. “He had given a ‘referral slip’ during a controlled buy that would have allowed the holder to receive a prescription for oxycodone at an out-of- state source.”

    Fitzpatrick is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center on a $30,000 cash bond.

    Anthony R. Wright, 31, and Kathern M. Sargent, 30, both of West Liberty, were greeted by deputies Monday as they exited  a pre-trial hearing in Rowan County for previous heroin possession charges.

    “Our office knew both were to appear in court. The deputies served the warrants and escorted them directly to the jail,” said Cline.

    Both are charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance first degree and are being held on $22,500 cash bond each.

    Chad Robert Dickerson, 40, of Olive Hill, is being held on two separate $25,000 cash bonds after his arrest on two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance first degree.

    Tracy J. Smith, 37, of Morehead, was arrested Sunday afternoon on two trafficking charges and two persistent felony offender charges.

    Adam W. Schwalbert, 32, of Morehead, turned himself in to deputies Tuesday after discovering he was named among 51 sealed indictments returned by a special grand jury.

    Schwalbert is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and contempt of court, libel/slander, resistance to order.

    “There have not been dividing lines with these arrests when you compare age, race or family backgrounds,” said Cline.

    “Prescription pill trafficking has crossed all lines. Ages have ranged from the 20’s to as old as 82; male and female, with no particular patterns, taking an extended amount of time and funding to ensure a conviction,” he added.

    “With the help of UNITE coalition funding we have been successful,” Cline said. 

    The sheriff’s office continues to urge citizens to report any suspicious or illegal activity anonymously at 784-3880 or at www.rowancountysheriff.net.

    Kim Bandura can be reached at kbandura@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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