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Owen County Sheriff deputies, Owenton Police officers, and Kentucky State Police haul more than a dozen local alleged dealers into custody

By Jessica Singleton

Nov. 13 was a day for the history books.

After months of investigation, 68 arrest warrants were issued against suspected drug traffickers in five counties, including 16 in Owen County.

Chip Perry, public affairs officer for the Kentucky State Police Post Five, said this is the largest drug roundup ever for the post.

He said there are 112 charges pending and all but four charges are felonies.

The monumental effort started at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and involved every branch of local law enforcement.

In Owen County, the Owen County Sheriff’s Office, the Owenton Police, Post 5 Kentucky State Police, the Owen County Jailer and a drug dog worked together to make the arrests.

Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said 11 of the 16 people in Owen County were arrested Thursday.

The remaining five arrests were completed over the weekend.

Hammond said all of the arrests went smoothly. The officers broke into teams so they could quickly serve the indictments.

Hammond said when they approach a home to make an arrest, one officer goes to the back door and one to the front. Two or three officers enter the home and identify the person named on the indictment. He said they did not have search warrants, but could search the property if the occupants give permission. He said most of the 16 people allowed the officers to search the property.

Once in police custody, they were taken to the Owen County Sheriff’s office for processing, and then transported to the Carroll County Correctional Facility.

Those arrested in Owen County were Rodney J. Hall, Tyler L. Lawson, William L. Marme, Ernest T. Penn, Bryan A. Ruth, Joshua Sharon, Steven S. Small, Matthew S. Walters, Mark Wilthoite, Robert R. Williams and Anthony D. Works.