|Several Lewis County residents spent the
Thanksgiving holiday in jail after Lewis County Sheriff's Department officials conducted a
drug sweep the day before.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the undercover investigation began
about 11 months earlier. Lewis said the sweep resulted in 31 counts of drug dealing
including 28 felony counts and three misdemeanors.
Lewis said deputies got underway with Wednesday's sweep about 6:30 a.m. and continued
throughout the day with deputies executing arrest and search warrants. He added that all
the department's personnel were involved in the effort.
"This is the first drug trafficking roundup executed exclusively by the Lewis
County Sheriff's Department independent of any assistance from other law enforcement
agencies," Lewis said. "The operation was extremely successful."
Deputies Elden Riffe, Dwayne Stone and Jason Hill headed the extensive investigation,
Lewis said, adding that County Attorney Clayton "Buddy" Lykins Jr. and Assistant
Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Bertram provided invaluable assistance in providing advice and
preparing the arrest and search warrants.
Lewis said that during the execution of the warrants numerous firearms along with
drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia were seized. He added that several other charges will
be filed as a result of the investigation and the items seized.
|Lewis said that one of the arrests included a
Vanceburg businessman who had served as a deputy sheriff during previous administrations.
said Jeffrey Ginn, 54, had served as a deputy sheriff for 16 years under two
administrations before Lewis took office in 1998.
A spokesman with the Lewis County Detention Center said Ginn, initially under a $73,000
cash only bond, was released Saturday morning on a reduced $58,000 cash or property bond.
The spokesman said other arrests and bond amounts included: Rodney Dean Corns, 28, of
Vanceburg, $58,000; Kenneth "Sonny" Holland, 59, of Garrison, $48,000; Kippy
Clark Sr. of Vanceburg, $48,000; Jacob Bentley, 24, of Quincy, $25,000; Billy Lightner,
29, of Vanceburg, $20,000; Todd Marshall, 19, $6,800; Charles Wayne Bentley, 25, of
Garrison, $6,000; Tracy Rickett, 40, of Quincy, $6,000; Cassie Knox, 23, of Tollesboro,
$6,000; Jodi Estes, 24, of Quincy, $5,000; Delilah Clark, 27, of Garrison, $5,000; and
Doug Davis, 40, of Black Oak, $2,000.
"This investigation is one of several being conducted by the department to rid the
ravages of drug trafficking and improve the quality of life in our community," Lewis
Anyone having information concerning illegal drug activity in Lewis County may call the
Drug Tip Hotline at 606-796-0123. Callers may remain anonymous.