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Three people have been charged in a drug trafficking case from OH to Magoffin Co.

Three people face drug charges following an Operation UNITE investigation into prescription pills being brought into Magoffin County from Ohio.

Elliot Gipson and his wife Erma Gipson, both of Lima, Ohio, were arrested by UNITE detectives on Monday and charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The couple was out on bond for other charges brought by the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office which were unrelated to the incident.

Salyersville resident Melissa Wheeler, 33, was subsequently arrested by Magoffin County sheriff’s deputies and charged with third-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.

The arrests came following a month-long investigation into reports of Xanax being regularly brought into the community for illegal distribution.

As a result of their investigation, UNITE detectives were able to set up a controlled purchase of pills on Monday in the parking lot of a local fast-food restaurant.

All three were lodged in the Johnson County Detention Center.

Filed under: Magoffin Co. | Ohio | Prescription pill abuse | Arrests | Police investigate


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