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Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks pats down a detained Anderson Lee George Jr. after a controlled buy/bust. George was charged with a Class C Felony for trafficking 300 oxycodone tablets.

Two eastern Kentuckians are in jail after police arrested them during a controlled buy in downtown Morehead on Tuesday.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said at about 4:44 p.m., they apprehended Anderson Lee George Jr., 26, of Olive Hill, and Destine Louise Scott, 23, of Ashland, charging both with first degree trafficking of more than 10 dosage units of opiates.

The charges are considered Class C felonies, subject to 10 to 40 years in prison.

“We began developing information that eventually turned into an investigation about deadly fentanyl heroin,” said Sheriff Matt Sparks. “That investigation eventually lead us to George, a known supplier originally from Detroit. He’s also known in Rowan County for supplying the community with heroin and 30 mg oxycodone.”

Sparks said his office believes through follow-ups that George appeared to have supplied the drugs that caused three overdoses from the same residence on Island Fork about 10 days ago.

“We eventually worked our way in and were able to develop a controlled buy from George,” Sparks said. “He brought 300, 30 mg oxycodone pills to the location where we eventually conducted the buy/bust.”

The sheriff said the location of the buy changed multiple times as dictated by George. Eventually the accused settled with the parking lot between downtown US Bank and All Seasons where he was remanded into custody.

“We are very rarely are able to dictate where a buy occurs,” he said. “Often dealers will sale their deadly, illicit product right in front of everyone’s eyes. The mindset of these criminals make it very dangerous for both police officer and the public.”

Scott, who told police she was working in hospice care, was driving a rental van transporting George to the drug deal. She was charged with trafficking because she conspired with George, driving him there to make the delivery, according to police.

“We have been working closely with Lexington DEA Task Force with this investigation and I can’t say enough good things about them,” Sparks said. “They gave us full access to their intelligence and they greatly helped us out with this case, among many others.”

Sparks said the ongoing investigation will likely lead to additional arrests.

“This just goes to show what kind of supplier George was as he was transporting a major amount of pain pills,” he said. “It’s obvious that you don’t get that amount of opiates from a pharmacy. It looks as if he’s a dealer working with much larger suppliers.”

The sheriff said the 30 mg tablets are currently being sold for $50 each, taking $15,000 worth of illegal drugs off the street.

Both George and Scott are lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center. They are being held on cash bonds of $100,000 and $20,000, respectively.

“We’ve said it many times before and it bears repeating. We will not tolerate anyone coming into this community and poisoning it with deadly illegal drugs,” Sparks said. “We will hunt you down and prosecute these dealers to the fullest extent of the law.”

The sheriff also reminded the public that without their help, it’s often difficult to make arrests such as these.

“We don’t always know what’s going on unless you tell us,” he said. “If you see something suspicious give our office a call. Your call can always remain anonymous.”

To provide a tip to the sheriff’s office call 784-5446. Always call 911 in cases of emergency.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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