• WRIL-FM

Barbourville's Operation Ice Storm nets several arrests

From the Barbourville Police Department -

Early Tuesday morning December 3, 2019 the department conducted an operation paying detail to the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine (also known as ice) in and around the city of Barbourville.


According to their release, officers with the department hit the streets with search warrants as well as arrest warrants for suspects accused of trafficking crystal meth.


During the course of the operation, officers seized over 90 grams of suspected crystal meth from different locations.

Several investigations are still ongoing and charges are pending on individuals that were not apprehended at the time of the release.


Those arrested include:

1. Benjamin Strong age 41 of Barbourville charging him with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth), Possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st​​​ offense(Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

2. Shonna Strong age 49 of Barbourville ) charging her with Possession of controlled substance​​ 1st degree 1st offense(Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

3. Charlie Golden age 39 of Bryants Store charging him with Burglary 3rd, TBUT U/500 from Coin​​ machine, TBUT U/500 from Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, TBUT U/500 from Building.

4. Charles Smith age 38 of Barbourville Charging him with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth) less than 2 grams, Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth) greater than 2 grams, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, ​​ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana.​​​​​

5. Debra Cunniff age 33 of Barbourville Charging her with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth), Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Drug ​​ Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana.

6. Gary Smith age 32 of Heidrick Charging him with Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd, Reckless ​​ Driving, Failure to or Improper Signal, Disregarding Stop Sign, Possession of Marijuana.

7. Brenda Shupe age of Barbourville charging her with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth).

8. Randy Burnett age 35 of Cannon Charging him with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth).

9. Alston Southwell age 47 of Cannon Charging him with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth) less than 2 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession​​ of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Served ​​ Indictment Warrant for Theft Under $10,000, and Persistent Felony Offender.

10. Daris Bledsoe age 39 of Manchester Charging him with Trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense(Meth), Possession of Marijuana, Promoting Contraband 1st degree, Promoting Contraband 2nd degree, and also Probation Violation Warrant.


Those arrested were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.


1,988 views