Task force arrests 7


The Cumberland River Drug Task Force arrested seven individuals on drug charges following a recent investigation. Each person was arrested over the course of two days and charged with drug trafficking.

Those arrested were from Harlan and Bell counties. Arrests were made using warrants from Harlan County District Court. The task force arrested the following individuals on various charges:

• Ralph Fleenor, 19, of Tremont, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of trafficking marijuana;

• Gary Goins, 39, of Lynch, first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child;

• Lawrence Middleton, 70, of Evarts, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

• Phyllis Fryer, 66, of Harlan, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

• Amber Stepp, 26, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and contempt of court;

• Mary Ward, 31, of Cawood, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;

• Steven Timothy Allen, 32, of Hulen, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance.

Troopers Jimmy Halcomb and Danny Caudill with Kentucky State Police Post 10, Harlan assisted in the arrests. All those arrested were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

The Cumberland River Drug Task Force — which encompasses the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police and Pineville Police Department — is part of the HIDTA program. It provides assistance to federal, state and local agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN

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