Greenup Sheriff puts dent in drug operation

By Frank Lewis

August 5, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

That Michigan to Ohio to Kentucky to Florida pipeline continues to plague area law enforcement with the latest set of arrests being Sunday at around 5:10 p.m. in Greenup County.

Arrested were James Ray Hieneman, 42, of 61 Buckshot Hill, Greenup; Jason Paul White, 29, of 39358 Palmer Rd., Westland, Mich. and Dennis Alexander, Jr., 23, of 954 Navahoe St., Detroit, all charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree and trafficking in a controlled substance third degree. White was also arrested on a warrant out of Greenup County on unrelated charges and speeding.

Greenup County Sheriff Keith M. Cooper said Sunday evening deputies from the Sheriff’s Department Drug Interdiction Division, along with the Greenup Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on U.S. 23 and Main Street in Greenup.

As a result of the traffic stop, officers said they uncovered a Detroit to Kentucky drug trafficking operation, which resulted in the arrest of those three individuals and, according to Cooper, removed a “good quantity” of illegal prescription narcotics off the streets. Also located and seized were thousands of dollars in cash, money he said was obtained from the trafficking operation.

On Monday Cooper said at around 1:41 a.m., deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of James L. Leadingham, 2226 Bays Ridge, Greenup. That warrant was issued as a direct result of the ongoing Detroit to Kentucky drug trafficking operation. During the search warrant, deputies located illegal prescription narcotic pills, 14 grams of marijuana, marijuana plants, suspected stolen property, a handgun and several thousand dollars in cash.

They arrested Leadingham, 53, and charged him with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Cooper said it is an active criminal investigation with several more arrests expected to be made. He said anyone having information regarding the trafficking of narcotics and/or any types of criminal activity are urged to contact the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office. He said anyone presenting information could remain anonymous if they wished to do so.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.