Trio allegedly responsible for selling 200,000 pills into Pike Co. brought down
Three men who allegedly operated an interstate "pill pipeline"--which authorities say was responsible for selling hundreds of thousands of pain pills--have been arrested under a federal drug conspiracy indictment.
The arrests include two Pike County men, Kenneth Lee Gannon, 53, of Aflex, and Russell West, 42, of McVeigh, along with a Florida man, Jermaine St. Clair Littles, who also goes by the alias "Black," 32, of Clearwater, Florida. All three have been charged with a single count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone under a federal indictment handed down April 30. The indictment had remained sealed until Wednesday, after all three men were in custody.
The three are responsible for the sale of more than 200,000 Oxycodone pills in Pike County in just the last year, according to Keith Napier, Big Sandy Task Force Manager for Operation UNITE, which investigated the case along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He says they took delivery of a new shipment almost every month.
At an average of $40 a pill, officials estimate the men were responsible for $8 million in drug traffic in 2011. Investigators were led to the men thanks to numerous anonymous tips from residents in the Belfry area. Using the tips, police were able to instigate several undercover drug buys and execute search warrants.