MIDDLESBORO MAN NOW CHARGED WITH GAMBLING, DRUG/ORGANIZED CRIME WHILE IN CUSTODY FOR MURDER ATTEMPT
From the Appalachia Narcotics Investigations Unit -
Detectives with Appalachia Narcotics Investigations have charged local business owner, George Fisher, with Promoting Gambling 1st Degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Engaging in Organized Crime – Criminal Syndicate.
These charges stem from a lengthy investigation by Appalachia Narcotics Investigations where Mr. Fisher is alleged to have used properties he owned as legitimate businesses as fronts for illegal gambling and drug trafficking.
Mr. Fisher is alleged to have knowingly profited from unlawful gambling activity by setting up and operating gambling devices. He is also alleged to have trafficked in a controlled substance by knowingly trafficking a Schedule I or II narcotic drug. Lastly, Mr. Fisher is alleged to have collaborated with three or more people to promote or engage in gambling and drug trafficking.
ANI worked closely with the Middlesboro Police Department in this investigation. The communication and resources offered by MPD were invaluable. This case is ongoing and more arrests are forthcoming.
Mr. Fisher was served the charges at Bell County Detention Facility where he was being held on previous charges of two counts of attempted murder, violation of a EPO/DVO, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency narcotics investigative unit consisting of Detectives from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.