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Hundreds arrested statewide in ‘Operation Black Friday’

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Including 10 who have been indicted in Marion County

By Stephen Lega

A joint effort by state and federal law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of hundreds of people statewide in what the Kentucky State Police dubbed “Operation Black Friday.”
On Friday morning, Nov. 1, the state police announced plans to arrest 479 individuals in the largest one-day round-up in their history. The round-up included every KSP Post, the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) Branch, and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. Local law enforcement agencies and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the round-up.
“Citizens are tired of perpetual offenders who are disrupting neighborhoods and participating in other criminal mischief,” KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said in a press release. 
He added that many of the arrests made Friday were against “low level targets,” the police expect to obtain information that will lead to the arrest of “more significant dealers and drug operators.” Brewer said the round-up was possible because law-abiding citizens provided tips through phone calls, text messages, letters and the KSP’s anonymous tip line. In his announcement, Brewer shared the example of a mother who sent an anonymous letter seeking help for her son, who has become a drug addict. Brewer said the mother provided information that led to the arrest of the dealer who sold drugs to her son.
“Today, I can say to all of you who have made this same plea – we hear you,” Brewer said. “We have not forgotten about you and more importantly, we are locating these individuals and making these much needed arrests,” says Brewer.
To report a crime, call the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
Marion County arrests
According to the state police, the round-up included 11 arrests in Marion County by KSP Post 15 and the KSP DESI West branch. As of Monday, the Marion Circuit Court had received reports for 10 individuals who were arrested on 24 charges during the round-up. Indictments for those individuals were unsealed following their arrests.
- Christopher Lee Wiser, 22, of Hancock Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams) first offense. The indictment reads that on or about May 21, 2013, Wiser trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. His bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000 with the condition that he uses no drugs or alcohol.
- Brandon Terrell Smith, 28, of 311 North Street in Lebanon was indicted in three separate indictments for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams of cocaine) first offense and one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (four or more grams of cocaine) first offense. The first two indictments read that on or about Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, 2012, Smith trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. The third indictment reads that on or about Dec. 10, 2012, Jan. 17, 2013, Jan. 30, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2013, in a series of transactions within 90 days, Smith trafficked in four grams or more of cocaine. His bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000 with the condition that he uses no drugs or alcohol.
- Christopher Gary Taylor, 21, of 402 Village Loop in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams of cocaine) first offense. The indictment reads that on or about Feb. 28, 2013, Taylor trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. His bond was set at $25,000.
- William F. Porter Jr., 48, of 363 E. Main Street in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams of cocaine) first offense. The indictment reads that on or about Feb. 28, 2013, Porter trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. His bond was set at $25,000.
- Jeremy Oliver Nailing, 30, of 128 Chandler Street in Lebanon was indicted in two separate indictments for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams of cocaine) first offense and two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender. The indictments read that on or about March 8 and June 26, 2013, Nailing trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. The indictment also reads that he was over 21 and had been convicted of at least two felonies after his 18th birthday. His bond was set at $26,000.
- Robert L. Burch, 23, of 308 Hancock Street in Lebanon was indicted in three separate indictments for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams of cocaine) first offense, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (four grams or more of cocaine) first offense, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The first indictment reads that on or about Nov. 29, 2012, Burch trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. The second and third indictments read that on or about Dec. 3 and 4, 2012, he trafficked in four or more grams of cocaine. His bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000 with the condition that he uses no drugs or alcohol.
- Donnaire Javar Adams, 25, of 352 Lincoln Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than four grams) first, second or subsequent offense. The indictment reads that on or about May 13, 2013, Adams trafficked in less than four grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, which is a narcotic drug, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. His bond was set at $25,000.
- Anthony Tyrone “Gravy” Graves, 44, of 65 Sunset Drive in Lebanon was indicted in two separate indictments for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (10 or more dosage units) second offense and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 20 dosage units, Schedule III) second offense. The indictments read that on or about Oct. 15 and 18, 2013, Graves trafficked in 10 or more dosage units of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and less than 20 dosage units of a Schedule III controlled substance, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act. His bond was set at $40,000.
- Corey J. Douglas, 44, of 1460 Fairground Road in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (four or more grams of cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree persistent felony offender. The indictments read that on or about Dec. 6, 11 and 14, 2012, Douglas trafficked in four grams or more of cocaine in a series of transactions within 90 days. The indictments also read that he was over 21 and had been convicted of at least two felonies after his 18th birthday. His bond was set at $15,000 with the condition that he uses no drugs or alcohol.
Editor’s note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.