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Tips, investigation leads to drug arrests

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Owenton police charge five suspects with various felony and misdemeanor charges

By John Whitlock

After months of undercover investigation, a recent drug roundup by the Owenton Police Department netted over a half a dozen felony charges and four misdemeanors.
The roundup took place Jan. 18 and was conducted by the city’s narcotics investigator Steve Miller and officer Rufus Shearer.
According to a statement from the Owenton Police Department, Michael J. Scott, 45, of Owenton, was charged with the sell or transfer of a simulated controlled substance, simulated marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges were misdemeanors.
Chandra N. England, 23, of Owenton, was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, hydrocodone.
Tina M. Frazier, 49, of Owenton, was charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, hydrocodone.
Janice R. Lindley, 58, of Owenton, was charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, Clonazepan. She was also charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, amphetamines and hydrocodone.
Eric L. Beech, 30, of Carrollton, was arrested Jan. 22 by officials with the department of probation and parole.
Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller said Beech was arrested when he checked in with his probation/parole officer.
He was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center and faces charges of trafficking in marijuana (first offense) and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense).
With Beech’s arrest, Miller said the final tally for the round up was seven felonies and four misdemeanors.
Two of the four arrested were reported on the Owenton Police tip line.
“We do get good information on that line constantly,” Miller said. “It’s like have a thousand eyes watching our community and reporting suspected drug activity with their cell phone by calling or texting 24 hours a day.”
Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said the department hopes to scare the drug dealers out of the city.
“We want them to quit selling drugs or move,” Gentry said. “Their other option is to go to jail. Every officer in our department is taking part in some sort of drug apprehension or investigation.”
The Owenton Police Department’s tip line can be reached at 502-514-7082.