By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. - Greenup County Commonwealth attorney Michael Frye met with Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Murriell to relinquish more than $30,000 and the keys to a 2000 Ford pick up truck. The funds and vehicle were a part of a forfeiture order from illegal drug activity.
Lonnie Horsely, 55, of Garrison, was indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance, First Degree, which is a Class C felony. Horsely surrendered the equity to his home valued at $30,000. Russell Canterberry, 42, of Flatwoods, was also indicted for on charges related to charges violating the Controlled Substance Act.
“We want to commend the Kentucky State Police with all of their hard work in dealing with the drug trafficking problem that we have in Kentucky which is pretty ramped at the moment. They are actively doing everything possible to limit that here in Kentucky and thank them for their effort. The partner investigation in these two cases, one is Commonwealth versus Lonnie Horsely, the other is Commonwealth versus Canterberry, there are some forfeitures that have been done in this case. The drug dealers are surrendering property that was obtained during their illicit activities,” Frye said.
According to Frye, defendant Lonnie Horsely is surrendering $30,000 which represents the equity in his home which he used to perform drug-trafficking activity.
“The drug dealer was using that home which will be forfeited to the police as part of their punishment for engaging in the activity. In this case, instead of actually losing his house, Mr. Horsely has paid over the value of that house which we are going to give to the Kentucky State Police in the form of cashiers check,” he said.
Frye relinquished the cashiers check into the hands of Officer Murriell.
“In the Canterberry case we have a different amount of restitution, in that case the defendant is forfeiting $2,600 in cash, some guns, which obviously we don’t have here today. Most importantly is a vehicle, and I have the keys to that vehicle that he is surrendering. I have the title to that vehicle, and so he is going to lose that, and it is being given to the Kentucky State Police for their use as well,” he said.
Murriell said the KSP will continue their efforts to eradicate illegal drug activity.
“With drug investigations, the Kentucky State Police will continue to actively investigate these types of complaints and cases that we receive. We wanted to show the excellent work between, not only the state police and the Greenup County Commonwealth Attorney’s office, but all agencies in this area. This is a major problem and we will continue to do what we can to eliminate any issues that we have from drug use in this area,” Murriell said.
He said the want the public to understand the parameters of illegal drug activity.
“It is extremely important that people realize that there is more to just going to jail if you’re already engaging in illegal activities, there is a chance that you will lose your home, that you will lose your property, and that is evident from the two cases that we are receiving property from today,” he said.
Murriell thanked the Commonwealth attorneys for their work in the two cases.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.