By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
The Irvine Division of Police along with Ravenna Officer Casey Rogers busted two suspected drug dealers last week.
Thursday, May 14, Donald Ray Hardy, 55, of Jacquelyn Court, was arrested at his flower stand on Richmond Road and charged with first degree traficking in a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.
In his case summary report Officer Brian Brooks stated he got a call from the Winchester Police Department about a person that was caught shoplifting flowers from a discount department store. He told Brooks that the person told him that he was stealing the flowers for Hardy. He agreed to deliver the flowers to Hardy while the officers observed.
Brooks stated he met with the Winchester officer and they watched the informant take the flowers to Hardy who gave the informant $20 and an oxycontin pill in payement for the flowers. Brooks arrested Hardy with the assistance of Officer Nick Lodal, the Winchester officers and Ravenna Officer Casey Rogers.
Rogers remained at the flower market to secure it while Brooks took Hardy to the Estill County Jail and secured a search warrant. Nothing else was found at the flower market during the subsequent search.
Hardy was released the next day after he put up a $30,000 property bond.
The next day, Irvine officers arrested Phillip Jones, 35, of Church Street on an Estill District Court warrant and charged him with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (opiates).
The warrant was obtained after a confidential informant allegedly bought two 60 mg. pills from Jones officers believed to be oxycontin.
Brooks case summary states Brooks, Chief James Crowe, Lodal and Rogers went to the Church Street home of Jack Neal where Jones resides. It states they were met at the front door by Laura “Biggie” Jones while Phillip Jones was on the phone heading towards the kitchen. Brooks intercepted him and placed him under arrest.
Kevin Gibson was also in the residence and was escorted outside.
Upon searching the residence officers allegedly discovered marijuana seeds, styrofoam cups with dirt in them, 50 $1 bills in a roll and drug paraphernalia. They also confiscated a $20 bill from Jones’ person.
He is lodged in the Estill County Jail under a $10,000 cash bond.