Three Letcher County residents and two men from Michigan were arrested here Tuesday on drug-related charges.
Police say the five were arrested after a two-year investigation and belong to a drug trafficking organization that is responsible for bringing tens of thousands of OxyContin pain pills into Letcher, Knott, Perry and Pike counties.
Those arrested here Tuesday and the charges against them are:
• Larry Wayne Sergent, 52, of Flat Gap — conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to launder money, and distribution of oxycodone.
• Joseph A. “Gotti” Tucker, 33, of Warren, Michigan — conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder money.
• Anna Bentley, 22, of Whitesburg — conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to launder money, and distribution of oxycodone.
• Gary Blackburn, 58, of Warren, Michigan — conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and posses- sion with intent to distribute oxycodone.
• Thurman Potter, 34, of Whitesburg — conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
The investigation was conducted by the Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department, the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigation East, the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said the investigation consumed a lot of time, but will have a major impact on the sale of illegal drugs in Letcher County.
“Investigations of this magnitude will continue in this area and we are glad that our agency can contribute and be a part of it,” said Webb. “A special thanks should be given to all agencies involved for taking the time and manpower to see a case like this have a successful ending.”
Webb said the investigation will continue with more arrests expected.