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Historic Drug Bust in Harlan County - Fentanyl and Meth Seized in Tri-Cities Area

From the ANI and DEA -

A joint investigation between Appalachia Narcotics Investigations (ANI) and the DEA has resulted in the seizure of large amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine. This turned out to be the biggest Fentanyl seizure in Harlan County history.


ANI and the DEA have spent several weeks investigating the trafficking of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine in the Tri-Cities area of Harlan County. Two search warrants were executed on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, yielding over 470 grams of Fentanyl, over 650 grams of Methamphetamine, several thousand dollars in United States currency, and one handgun.

Arrested were Leslie Brock and Therisha Westfelt of Lynch, Ky. as well as Aaron Robinson of Cumberland.


ANI and DEA were assisted at the scene by KSP Post 10, the Harlan County Sheriff's Office, the Cumberland Police Department, and the Lynch Police Department.


Harlan County Sheriff Chris Brewer said "the sheriff's office will continue to use every resource and work with every surrounding agency to combat the trafficking of drugs like Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Heroin that are a plague to our communities. Multiple drug trafficking investigations are currently ongoing."

Leslie Brock was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), and (3) three counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives).

Therisha Westfelt was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives), and possession of Marijuana.


Aaron Robinson was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot), trafficking in controlled substance - 1st offense (Heroin), trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives), trafficking in Marijuana, trafficking in Marijuana (5oz to 8lbs) and non-payment of fines.


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