Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 8, 2014

3 suspects arrested in heroin bust

ASHLAND — Boyd County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested three Portsmouth residents who allegedly traveled to Ashland to make a heroin deal in which the buyer turned out to be an undercover narcotics officer.

Herbert G. Orr, 42; Josh M. Smith, 33; and Alana D.M. Greene, 21; were lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Orr was charged with first-degree drug trafficking; Smith and Greene both were charged with complicity to first-degree drug-trafficking. All three were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the sheriff’s department, Smith and Greene allegedly drove Orr to Ashland to sell heroin. When they arrived about 8:15 p.m., they met with the undercover officer at the Burger King on Winchester Avenue.

Orr allegedly sold three grams of heroin to the officer, then got back into the vehicle with the other two suspects, the sheriff’s department said. The trio pulled out of the restaurant parking lot and attempted to cross the Simeon Willis Memorial Bridge into Ohio. At that point, two uniformed sheriff’s deputies stopped the suspects’ vehicle on the bridge.

A search of the vehicle turned up several syringes, narcotics and cash, the sheriff’s department said.

Deputies were assisted at the scene of the traffic stop by the Kentucky State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The suspects remained in custody on Friday, according to the BCDC website.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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