Covington police charge 50 with drug crimes
COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - For the past two days, suspected drug dealers in Covington have had visits from police. Some live in the city, others don't. What they have in common, according to police, is poisoning the community with a variety of drugs.
After a nine-month investigation, the Covington Police Department says they've issued criminal narcotics charges against more than 50 people.
"We're sitting at around 14 that we have in custody. There are over 50 that we have felony trafficking charges on," said Lt. Col. Brian Steffens of the Covington Police Department.
Working with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, the department targeted mid-level drug dealer in Covington or those who visited Covington to sell. The department says charges include trafficking in heroin, carfentanil, cocaine, crack and methamphetamine. They also said some of these incidents occurred within 1000 feet of a school.
Police say tips and complaints from neighbors helped them identify the suspects. With new businesses popping up downtown and neighborhoods that are full of families, neighbors want to see their communities safer.
Bernadette Hall moved to Covington decades ago from California. "They need to be out of here because that's a danger to the children. That's not good for their livelihood or mine either. What I would like to see them do is build our park up and make it as nice as Goebel Park," said Hall.
People who've built their lives in the city know it's a far better place without drug dealers on the streets. Officers are working to track down the rest of the suspects. Police hope to have the entire investigation wrapped up by November.
Some suspects will face multiple charges.
The police department says they will periodically release the names of the suspects and will continue their operation until all those who have been charged are arrested.
Among those who have been arrested and identified include:
- Larry Combs, charged with federal drug trafficking and guns charges
- James Combs, charged with federal drug trafficking
- Ryan Smith, charged with federal drug trafficking
- Shawnkil Lewis, charged with federal drug trafficking
- Amanda Ross, charged with federal drug trafficking
- Darrell Mason, charged with trafficking heroin
- Mark Morgan, charged with trafficking heroin and carfentanil
- Heather Easterling, charged with trafficking fentanyl
- Timmothy Figgs, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin
- Jondon Richardson, charged with two counts of trafficking crack cocaine
- Jennifer Soard, charged with trafficking methamphetamine
- Ira Boles, Jr, charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine
- Devanei Miller, charged with five counts of trafficking heroin and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon
- Willie White, charged with four counts of trafficking heroin