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August 20, 2010

Hundreds of pills confiscated in drug bust

BEREA — BEREA — Three Estill County residents were arrested Thursday by police before they could make a delivery of prescription pills to a local factory employee.

Lennie J. Adams, 68, Leslie R. Hager, 21, and Kelley N. Justice, 19, were arrested at around 10 a.m. on Mayde Road at the Tokico factory entrance where they were going to meet a factory employee, according to Jason Parker, interim director for the Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force.

Police confiscated 587 prescription pills with a street value of approximately $12,000. Police also seized $602 in cash.

At 9:25 a.m., Berea Police Officer Adam Hall made a traffic stop on Mayde Road of a black passenger car with a Colorado license plate after receiving a call from Kentucky State Police advising the vehicle was making a drug delivery on Mayde Road, said Capt. Ken Clark, public informations officer for the Berea Police Department.

The vehicle they were driving was a rental car, and they had just returned from Florida where they obtained the controlled substances, Parker said.

Police found oxycodone, alprazolam (generic Xanax) and Flexeril, Parker said.

Adams, Justice and Hager all were charged with first- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

If convicted, each could serve up to 10 years in prison for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class C felony, up to a year in jail for third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and up to a year in jail for each charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, both Class A misdemeanors.

The three remained in custody at the Berea Police Department and had not been booked at the Madison County Detention Center as of Thursday evening.

The Berea Police Department is working the case with assistance from the Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force.

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