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Investigation & arrests follow complaints to Laurel County Sheriff's office


Sheriff John Root stated the "War on Drugs" continues!

Laurel County, KY - Laurel Sheriff John root along with Detective Jason back, Detective James Sizemore, Capt. Chuck Johnson, Lt. Greg Poynter, Detective Sgt. Kevin Berry, Detective Chris Edwards, Deputy Brandon Broughton, and Deputy Jake Miller arrested three individuals on Friday afternoon November 30, 2017 at approximately 3:10 P.M. off Court Road approximately 2 miles south of London.

The arrests occurred after the Laurel County Sheriff's office received numerous drug complaints from that location and conducted an investigation there.

When deputies arrived at the scene, one individual fled into the bathroom and attempted to exit the bathroom window and upon observing deputies apparently threw his phone into the toilet.

As deputies investigated they found a subject there in possession of a used needle, and also found a cut straw with residue on it and learned through investigation that individuals there had prescription drugs filled for Gabapentin and Clonazepam that day, and a large quantity of the pills were already missing.

One female subject told deputies she had traveled to that location to obtain nerve pills. Also, deputies determined that an elderly female lived at the residence there.

The three individuals arrested were identified as:

  • Shane Botkins age 42 of Court Road, London charged with tampering with physical evidence; possession of drug paraphernalia; and wanton endangerment/neglect of adult – this subject threw his phone into the toilet there and was found with a used needle and a prescription for narcotic pills filled today that were already missing 69 pills.
  • Craig Barrett age 45 of Barbourville Road, London charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to traffic in the controlled substance third degree – first offense – this subject was in possession of gabapentin and clonazepam pills today and 35 pills were missing from the gabapentin, and 34 pills were missing from the clonazepam
  • Julie Osborne age 29 of Elmer Jones St., London charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance – third-degree.
  • All three individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

    Photos attached are courtesy of the Laurel County Detention Center.

    Sheriff John Root stated the "War on Drugs" continues!

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