The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for information that would lead to the arrest of several individuals facing drug possession and trafficking charges who were indicted by a Johnson County grand jury Wednesday, according to Sheriff Dwayne Price.

According to Price, four of the 13 individuals included in the round-up are already in custody, including: Maria Crum, 43, of Salyersville; Raymond K. Roman, 44, of East Point; Alvin C. Ratliff Jr., 35, of Salyersville; and Alexandria Cole, 25, of Salyersville.

JCSO deputies are still searching for Brandon Blair, 36, of Van Lear; Clinton A. Hull, 54, of Marion, Ohio; Worthy J. Mollett, 43, of Paintsville; Joey L. Hunter, 38, of Van Lear; Christopher C. Fitzpatrick, 24, of Banner; William Skaggs, 37, of Blaine; Christopher Davis, 27, of Keaton; Randall D. Branham, 47, of Hagerhill; and Charles F. Mormon, 29, of Sitka.

According to Price and JCSO Deputy Bill Meade, many of the charges in these indictments that seem like unrelated charges are still related to drugs.

“On the drug side of it, the drug indictments that we’ve got have developed over the course of about a year,” Meade said. “You know, a lot of these other crimes, even though they’re not necessarily a trafficking charge, some of these charges that are attached to these. Like the thefts are a result of an increase in drug activity in the county. We’ve been really successful in the court system on prosecuting these cases.”

The individuals included in the round up were charged with the following:

Crum was indicted on five counts of first-degree assault, as well as fourth-offense DUI and traffic charges.

Roman was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine). Roman was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Ratliff was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) and receiving stolen property with a value of less than $10,000,. Ratliff was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Cole was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine) and receiving stolen property with a value of less than $10,000.

Blair was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine).

Hull was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine.. Hull was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Mollett was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine).

Hunter was indicted on a charge of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine).

Fitzpatrick was indicted on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Skaggs was indicted on a charge of bigamy.

Davis was indicted on charges of fourth-offense DUI. Davis was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Branham was indicted, in two separate cases, on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), first-offense trafficking in legend drugs and trafficking in marijuana, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia,, first-offense DUI, traffic charges and  possession of marijuana.

Morman was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, traffic charges and second-offense DUI.

Also indicted were:

Charlene Jones, 40, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

Joshua Johnson, 30, of Hagerhill, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support, a class D felony carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. Johnson was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Jason Curtis, 38, of Staffordsville, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support. Curtis was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Jimmy R. Castle, 41, of Lowmansville, was indicted on charges of first-degree and second-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), second-offense DUI, first-offense driving on a DUI-suspended license and possession of marijuana, as well as traffic charges. Castle was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Erin D. Arms, 34, of Paintsville, was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000 (firearm).

Margret McCloud, 41, of Hagerhill, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support.

Steven W. Layne, 26, of Sitka, was indicted on charges of  theft by unlawful taking with a value of more than $10,000 (automobile), theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000, resisting arrest and public intoxication, as well as traffic charges. Layne was charged as a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Christopher Blanton, 38, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property with a value of less than $10,000. Blanton was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Brandon D. McCarty, 33, of West Liberty, was indicted on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Nigel Cavins, 35, of Louisville, was indicted on a charge of flagrant non-support.

Norman Travis Blevins, 47, of Hagerhill, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine) with complicity, first-offense trafficking in a legend drug with complicity and trafficking in marijuana. Blevins was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Tiffany Dawn Akers, 35, of Hagerhill, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), first-offense trafficking in a legend drug and trafficking in marijuana. Akers was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Mary F. Dietlin, 28, of Hagerhill, was indicted on charges of first-degree and first-offense trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of methamphetamine), first-offense trafficking in a legend drug and trafficking in marijuana. 

Editor’s note: An indictment is not an assertion of guilt; it is a finding by a grand jury that further investigation into a case is required to make a decision. All those listed as having been indicted are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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