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Police arrest 14 in early morning sting

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By Kathy Lynch

Before sunrise Monday morning, Taylorsville Police Department, along with the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police, began rounding up local individuals with warrants stemming from an undercover drug investigation.

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During what the police refer to as “Fall Harvest,” 14 people in Spencer County were arrested, with 21 charges, all in connection with the one and a half year investigation which began in July 2007, said Trooper Ronald Turley of the Kentucky State Police.

Taylorsville Poice Chief Toby Lewis said the arrests were the result of undercover drug buys. Officers allegedly purchased marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills, including lortab, morphine, oxycontin, xanax and hydrocodone from suspects in the community.

Preparing for the arrests, members from each department were placed in teams for the early morning raids including Kentucky State Police K-9 Officer Trooper Todd Maggard and his drug dog who were on stand by. The pair was called upon to go through a home on Elk Creek Road searching for drugs, after officers had executed a warrant on the resident.

As suspects were rounded up and brought into headquarters, police indicated one of the arrestees had been previously convicted of rape and three counts of murder according to public records.

Lannie Gibson Jr. of Taylorsville had served out all his time and was now living a free man in Taylorsville, until undercover officers allegedly purchased drugs from Gibson. He will now be charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana within 1000 yards of a school.

According to Trooper Turley, trafficking in a control substance 1st, is a Class C Felony and could carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years. While trafficking in a control substance 2nd, is a Class D Felony and could carry a sentence of 1 to 5 years.

Spencer County Deputy Kyle Bennett said all the officers and suspects were safe.

“It was a success thanks to the good Lord,” he said.

In a press release KSP Commander Captain Mike Crawford of Post 12 said, “With today’s arrests the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement have reiterated our commitment to the hard working citizens of the Commonwealth that we are serious about keeping drugs out of the hands of our children and will continue our relentless efforts to rid our neighborhoods of drug dealers.”

All individuals picked up during the Fall Harvest will be prosecuted in Circuit Court.

According to reports, the suspects who were arrested Monday and are in the Shelby County Jail are:

Todd Mettling of Taylorsville, warrant for two counts of trafficking in a Control Substance 1st.

Connie Farris of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Blanton Smith of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Terry Farris of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Michael White of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Jesse Jewell of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Timothy Hardin of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking marijuana within 1000 yards of a school.

Sawn Huizar of Taylorsville, warrant for one count of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Michelle Monday of Taylorsville, warrant for three counts of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Christopher Stewart of Taylorsville, warrant for two counts of trafficking in a Control Substance 2nd - prescription medication.

Herman Greg Porter of Taylorsville, warrant for two counts of trafficking marijuana within 1000 yards of a school.

Michael Welch of Taylorsville, Fugitive from Justice - Jefferson County - located during drug round up.

Lisa King of Taylorsville, one count of Possession of Controlled Substance 1st, one count of possession of Drug Paraphernalia 1st - located during drug round up.