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BREAKING NEWS: More than 100 arrests expected in drug probe
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer
More than 100 arrests on hundreds of felony charges are expected as part of a drug sweep that kicked off Tuesday by Mt. Sterling Police.
The arrests are part of what police have dubbed “Operation Continued Resolve” centered on the trafficking of heroin and prescription drugs in Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County.
It is the result of a nine-month investigation that is continuing, Police Chief David Charles said.
While most of those arrested as part of Operation Continued Resolve are in-state residents, Charles said others, including those from out-of-state, will be prosecuted on the federal level.
Arrests will take place over the next few weeks, which will allow in-depth interviews and so as not to overwhelm the court system, Charles said.
The Advocate will list those arrested as part of the investigation as it unfolds. As of press time there have been the following arrests:
• Steven L. Tackett, 31, of Mt. Sterling: first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second offense, and sell/transfer in simulated controlled substance, first offense.
• Andrea Jordan, 29, Mt. Sterling, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and trafficking in a controlled substance, second.
• Melissa Johnson 46, Mt. Sterling, trafficking in a controlled substance, first, and persistent felony offender, first.
Names that came in after the Advocate went to press Wednesday, include:
• Kevin Jones 40, Mt. Sterling, trafficking in a controlled substance, less than 4 grams of cocaine, four counts, and persistent felony offender, first.
• Jason L. Blevins, 35, Mt. Sterling, 2 counts trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, second offense; two counts trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (heroin).
• Amanda Liebisch, 26, Mt. Sterling, sell/transfer simulated substance.

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