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Lexington couple arrested by ANI after suspected Fentanyl pills among many, seized in Harlan County

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On Monday, June 13, 2022, Appalachia Narcotics Investigations, with the assistance of the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on US 119 in Cumberland.


A search of the vehicle uncovered 334 illegal pills including 232 suspected pressed fentanyl pills, 12 suspected Xanax, 90 suspected Darvocet. Also found was approximately 20 grams of crystal meth and $1,557 in cash. The ANI believes the suspects were traveling from Lexington, Ky to the Tri-Cities area specifically to traffic in narcotics.

Arrested was 45-year-old Richard Wilson of Lexington, Ky., on charges of:


Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (> 2 grams Methamphetamine),

Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (> 10 Dose Units; Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Carfentanyl or Fentanyl Derivatives), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (< 20 Dose Units, Drug Unspecified), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, 2nd or Greater Offense, (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Also charged was 39-year-old Janet Hullett of Lexington, Ky. who was charged with:


Giving Officer False Identifying Information,

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine),

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified),

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and several outstanding warrants.


This case remains under investigation by Appalachia Narcotics Investigation.


Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency narcotics investigations unit consisting of detectives from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department and, the Kentucky State Police.

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