Following a major Oxycontin bust last week, police arrested two more men Tuesday night for allegedly transporting hundreds of illegal prescription pills through Madison County.

Wade E. Doyle, 28, of Flemingsburg, was charged with reckless driving, first- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger in his vehicle, Roy L. Whisman, 58, of Wallingford, was charged with first- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

The incident began when Madison County Sheriff's Sgt. Jed Hudson observed a gold Ford Taurus traveling northbound on Interstate 75 in an allegedly erratic manner.

“Sergeant Hudson observed the vehicle weaving in its lane of travel,” Sheriff Nelson O’Donnell said. “The vehicle also failed to signal a lane change and nearly struck another vehicle traveling northbound.”

Hudson, along with Deputy Bruce King, initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested Doyle for driving under the influence of drugs. A subsequent search of the vehicle by the officer allegedly revealed 136 30-milligram oxycodone tablets, 63 15-milligram oxycodone tablets, and 17 2-milligram Xanax tablets.

“None of these medications were prescribed to either occupant,” said Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force Director Rick Johnson. “In fact, the name on the prescription bottles was linked to a man that had apparently been traveling with Doyle and Whisman, but who had been arrested in Georgia shortly before on charges of driving on a suspended license.”

“Under questioning, it was determined that Doyle and Whisman were returning home to Flemingsburg after a brief trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,” Johnson said. “Doyle said that the owner of the prescription bottles, Timothy Hurst, was the friend who had recently been arrested in Georgia.”

Johnson said Doyle also allegedly claimed that Hurst would travel to the Florida area every 28 days in order to get prescriptions refilled for both oxycodone and Xanax to sell.

“All occupants had knowledge that they were going to the pain clinic to obtain pills for resale upon returning home,” O’Donnell said.

The total estimated street value of the drugs are estimated at more than $5,000.

Doyle and Whisman each are lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 cash bonds.

“This arrest is the result of Sergeant Hudson and Deputy King’s “Desert Snow” training which is one of the best criminal interdiction training courses in the country,” O’Donnell said. “Prescription drugs are our main problem. We are overrun with them right now.”

“Part of the reason we catch some many interstate traffickers is that a lot of states just haven’t had the problems we’ve had with Oxycontin,” Johnson said. “Some states are less strict about dispensing prescriptions, like Florida and Michigan.”

In a case that broke last week, three men from Michigan were charged with drug trafficking after a large quantity of drugs and cash were found on their person.

Michael Talton, Justin Simmons and DeAngelo McConico, all from Detroit, were arrested and charged after being pulled over while traveling northbound on I-75.

The trio, traveling in a 2006 Land Rover, were pulled over by King, who was working in conjunction with Klisar, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9.

“Klisar alerted to the vehicle indicating the presence of illegal drugs,” Thompson said. “After the positive K-9 alert on the vehicle and a subsequent search, CKADTF Detective Jason Parker located approximately 224 Oxycontin pills.”

The medication was allegedly concealed in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, Brumley said.

The driver of the vehicle, Talton, did not have a driver’s license and already was under arrest when officers searched the remaining two passengers and found approximately $3,387 on Simmons’ person and $504 on McConico, Johnson said.

All three men were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and each were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 cash bonds.

Talton, Simmons and McConico had their cases waived Wednesday to a Madison County grand jury and remain lodged in the detention center.

“These arrests will have a significant impact of reducing the import of Oxycontin into the central Kentucky area,” Johnson said. “These are regular routes that are being shut down.”

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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