Register Staff Report
A joint operation by three Madison County law enforcement agencies has uncovered an alleged pill-trafficking operation in Berea.
Two men, Jerry A. Ray, 44, and James Slone II, 35, both of Berea, were charged after police executed a search warrant Friday at a home in the 200 block of Johnson Lane, according to a news release from the Berea Police Department.
The BPD was assisted by the Richmond Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Police reported finding approximately 498 oxycodone tablets and 440 Alprazolam tablets with a total street value of $19,340.
Officers also found marijuana, several drug paraphernalia items that indicated trafficking and $12,000 in the residence, the report stated.
Ray was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Slone was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.
The BPD said in the news release that it will continue to work closely with other Madison County law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking.
Police are asking anyone with information about illegal drug activity to call one of these anonymous tip lines:
• Berea Police Department, 985-5562
• Madison County Sheriff Office, 623-1511
• Richmond Police Department, 623-1714.