Joint investigation has netted several alleged drug traffickers in KY

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kentucky State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted a joint investigation which has led to the arrest of several alleged drug traffickers, in Pulaski County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County. The alleged traffickers appeared to have been working in conjunction to supply illegal narcotics to Pulaski County.

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On June 6th, 2016 the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office responded to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to reports of a drug overdose. Through the course of the investigation, detectives discovered a female victim had overdosed on heroin which was allegedly provided to her by Willie McCloud, age 45 of Bronston, Kentucky.

On June 9th, 2016, the joint investigation led officers to the west end of Louisville, where Timothy Harris, AKA “Magic”, age 35 of Louisville was arrested with approximately 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (street value: $150,000) that was intended to be delivered and distributed in Pulaski County. He was released the following day after posting a $5000 cash bond. Additionally, officers executed an arrest warrant in Louisville for Maurice Sydnor, age 26 of Louisville for being a convicted felon in possession of two high-powered rifles.

On June 29, 2016, Willie McCloud was arrested at his residence by Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies on federal charges stemming from distributing heroin to an individual who suffered serious bodily injuries following its use. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. The penalty for a conviction for this charge is not less than 20 years in federal prison.

On June 30, 2016, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, KSP, and U.S. Marshal’s Service conducted an investigation on Charles Elgin Road in Eubank, Ky., which led to the arrest of two individuals on outstanding Pulaski District Court warrants. The individuals arrested were Joseph Epperson, age 30 and Natasha Marcum, age 33 both of Eubank, Kentucky. Epperson was charged with Failure to Appear and Marcum was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 1st degree, 1st Offense. Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

During the course of the investigation in Eubank, officers located a vehicle driven by Paul Dupree, age 47 of Waynesburg, Kentucky. Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, along with an ATF special agent and a Deputy United States Marshal attempted to apprehend Dupree who had an outstanding arrest warrant from Bullitt County District Court. Upon seeing the officers, Dupree refused to comply with officers commands and sped his truck in the direction of the two federal officers, nearly striking them. Dupree then fled in his vehicle being pursued by Sheriff Speck, a Sheriff's detective and a Deputy US Marshall. Dupree lost control of his vehicle around the intersection of Todd Road and Charles Elgin Road striking an earthen embankment and was shortly thereafter taken into custody. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded handgun, a large sum of U.S. Currency, and suspected crack cocaine. Dupree was arrested at the scene, along with Chelsea D. Sexton, a passenger in the vehicle. Dupree was charged with Wanton Endangerment (2 counts), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense, and Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree. Chelsea D. Sexton, age 24 of Somerset was arrested on outstanding Pulaski District Court warrants for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense. Both were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Later in the evening, ATF agents, KSP Troopers, and deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Timothy Harris, AKA “MAGIC”, in a hotel room in Frankfort, KY. Harris was arrested on a federal indictment warrant charging him with distributing both heroin and methamphetamine. Harris was also found with a large sum of U.S. Currency and a quantity of crack cocaine. Timothy Harris was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Additionally, officers arrested Amy S. Gibson, age 38 of Somerset, Kentucky who was an occupant of the hotel room with Timothy Harris. She was charged with possession of Controlled Substance (1st degree), Promoting Contraband, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail. Harris is a multi-convicted felony drug trafficker who has been allegedly supplying large amounts of crystal methamphetamine and heroin into Pulaski County from Louisville. The investigation is continuing by the Narcotics Division of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and the ATF. Further Federal Indictments are anticipated.

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