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Middlesboro Police announce drug traffickers arrested

Updated: Sep 1, 2019

From the Middlesboro Police Department -

Acting Police Chief Tom Busic states that over the past few weeks the MPD has made several drug trafficking arrests as a result of investigations conducted for the past several months independently and in conjunction with the Appalachia Narcotics Investigations Task Force.


The chief goes on to state that a good number of the investigations were conducted in response to complaints of drug activity from citizens.


Arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center were:


William "Flip" North - Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree.


Ely "Cowboy" Hembree - 6 counts trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree and 1 count of trafficking in controlled substance - 2nd degree.


Clifford C. Williams - 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree.

Billy R. Hughett - 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree.

Charles Ted Gilbert - 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree.

Christopher M. Shackelford - 1 count of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree and 1 count of trafficking in controlled substance - 2nd degree.

David E. Strunk - 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree and 1 count of engaging in organized crime.

Latoya Collier - Trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree and 1 count of engaging in organized crime. Henry Barnes - 2 counts of trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree.


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