Ivel drug bust leads to three arrests


By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Police Department, in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and assisted by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, executed search warrants in Ivel on Tuesday. Following an extensive investigation by undercover Prestonsburg narcotics officers, investigators were able to obtain search warrants for several apartments on Conn Street in Ivel. The search yielded a large quantity of cocaine as well as prescription pills and a significant amount of cash. Multiple arrests were made in connection to the investigation.

Investigators searched the residence of Toni Bishop when they arrived on the scene. Bishop was home when investigators executed the search warrant. Investigators uncovered several items believed to be drugs, drug paraphernalia or believed to be used in the sale of drugs. Investigators discovered cocaine inside a woman’s cowboy boot. In addition to the suspected cocaine, officers also found plastic bags containing Neurontin pills along with a scale possibly used to weigh cocaine before sale. Three plastic bags containing a quantity of cocaine, possibly prepackaged for distribution was discovered on a male individual, that was at the Bishop residence. Approximately $729 cash was found, of which $350 was discovered inside the woman’s cowboy boot with the cocaine. Some of the cash found was recovered from the investigation during a controlled drug transaction, which took place prior to the search.

As investigators were present in the apartment community, Freddie Hunter was observed pulling into the parking lot of his residence, which was also part of the search warrant. Upon seeing the officers, Hunter attempted to leave but was stopped by an officer assisting at the scene. Investigators issued the search warrant on the Hunter residence and discovered a quantity of white powder substance suspected to be cocaine located inside the residence along with a set of scales possibly used to weigh and measure the cocaine and plastic bags used in the distribution of drugs. Officers also discovered an orange prescription bottle not labeled containing four pills that were later identified as Morphine. Upon his arrest, Hunter had approximately $1985 in cash, which contained marked bills used in the investigation of a controlled drug transaction, which also took place prior to the search warrant being executed.

Police arrested and charged Freddie Hunter, age 31, Wayland, with trafficking in a controlled substance; Toni Bishop, age 25, Beaver with trafficking in a controlled substance; Jonathan Meade, age 31, McDowell, with tampering with physical evidence; and Jason Hunger , age 35, address unknown, with Trafficking in a legend drug, first offense, tampering with physical evidence, and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, more then four grams of cocaine.

To report a tip, contact the Prestonsburg Police Department at 886-1010. All calls will remain anonymous.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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