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Felony Arrests of Three Tri-Cities Narcotics Dealers in Harlan County, Kentucky after Appalachia Narcotics Investigations (ANI) and DEA Operation

HARLAN. KY - According to a Facebook post from the Harlan County Sheriff's Office, a joint investigation between Appalachia Narcotics Investigations (ANI) and the DEA has resulted in a historic drug bust in Harlan County.

The investigations between ANI and the DEA have resulted in three arrests along with the seizure of large amounts of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.

ANI and the DEA have spent several weeks investigating the trafficking of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine in the Tri-Cities area of Harlan County (Cumberland, Benham and Lynch).

According to the Harlan County Sheriff's Office Facebook report, this is the biggest Fentanyl seizure in Harlan County's history.

Two search warrants were executed on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, yielding:

  • Over 470 grams of Fentanyl
  • Over 650 grams of Methamphetamine
  • Several thousand dollars in United States currency
  • One handgun

Arrested and transported to the Harlan County Detention Center were: Leslie Brock age 57 of Lynch, KY, Therisha Westfelt age 21 of Lynch, KY and Aaron Robinson age 22 of Cumberland, KY.

Brock Westfelt Robinson

L to R: Leslie Brock, Therisha Westfelt and Aaron Robinson

ANI and DEA were assisted at the scene by KSP Post 10, Harlan, the Harlan County Sheriff's Office, the Cumberland Police Department, and the Lynch Police Department.

Leslie Brock was charged with:

  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine)
  • (3) three counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives)

This individual is lodged the Harlan County Detention Center being held on a FULL CASH BOND of $75.000.00.

Photo is courtesy of the Harlan County Detention Center.

Therisha Westfelt was charged with:

  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine)
  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives)
  • Possession of Marijuana

This individual is lodged the Harlan County Detention Center being held on a FULL CASH BOND of $75.000.00.

Photo is courtesy of the Harlan County Detention Center.

Aaron Robinson was charged with:

  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine)
  • Fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot)
  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st offense (Heroin)
  • Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives)
  • Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Trafficking in Marijuana (5oz to 8lbs)
  • Non-payment of fines

 This individual is lodged the Harlan County Detention Center being held on a FULL CASH BOND of $75.000.00.

Photo is courtesy of the Harlan County Detention Center.

Harlan County Sheriff Chris Brewer said "The Sheriff's Office will continue to use every resource and work with every surrounding agency to combat the trafficking of drugs like Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Heroin that are a plague to our communities. Multiple drug trafficking investigations are currently ongoing."

 

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