By Portia Williams
VANCEBURG, Ky. — According to reports from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, they along with the Vanceburg Police Department and Detectives with the FADE Drug Task Force arrested John Sparks, 55, of Minford, at B-Mart gas station on AA Highway in Vanceburg, Ky. on Wednesday, July 23, after conducting a controlled-buy of a large quantity of prescription pills.
Johnny Bivens, Lewis County Sheriff, said partnering with the FADE Drug Task Force is strengthening their abilities to combat the drug problems in Lewis County and surrounding areas.
“On July 1, 2014, we partnered with the FADE Drug Task Force, which involves the officials from Greenup, Carter, and Lewis counties. We still do our own work, but we have also joined with these other forces, and it is making a difference,” Bivens said.” We were having so much trouble with these drug dealers wanting to meet our informants, they wouldn’t hardly come across the bridge, but if they do, they’ll just come on the Greenup side. If they do that, then that is out of our jurisdiction, but that is no longer the case, now that we are part of FADE. We can actually be sitting there when they come across.”
He said his office will have more to report in coming months concerning the impact FADE is making in Lewis County, and the other surrounding counties affiliated with FADE.
Sparks is facing a charge of a Class D felony of trafficking of a controlled substance, third degree. If convicted, he could serve one to five years in prison. Sparks was transported by authorities to the Lewis County Detention Center.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.