Nine Montgomery, Fayette and Pike County residents were arrested on June 4 after a three-month investigation by the Gateway Area Drug Task Force.

The Appalachia HIDTA Gateway Area Drug Task Force, which is comprised of detectives from the Kentucky State Police, Mount Sterling Police Department, Stanton Police Department and Special Agents with the ATF, with assistance from additional units with the KSP and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, conducted an operation that resulted in several arrests.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of over one-half pound of crystal methamphetamine, suspected heroin, suspected Fentanyl, suspected Fentanyl pills, a pill press, cash, and property. The investigation is not complete, and multiple other arrests are expected.

The Source of Supply or SOS DeAngelo Darnell Smith also known as “BOP” was responsible for supplying, transporting, and distributing multiple pounds of crystal meth and heroin to Montgomery and surrounding counties while being assisted by multiple other persons.

Smith, originally from Detroit, Michigan, was charged with seven counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (crystal meth) first degree, second offense and one count of engaging in organized crime.

Lily Belcher, 24, of Pike County, Tyler Crawford, 24, Edward Hunt, 47, Marcus Jones AKA “Nuke,” 37, Joann Lawson, 63, Megan Perry, 26, David Saylor, 48 and Teresa Saylor, 43, all of Montgomery County, were charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of engaging in organized crime, one count of trafficking in marijuana and one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is still in progress.