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Investigation leads to drug charges for 16 Oldham residents

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Sixteen Oldham residents face drug charges after local police successfully purchased Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl and Alprazolam during undercover operations.

Oldham County Police launched an investigation in August to uncover drug trafficking of prescription medications. 

According to police, prescription narcotics are a predominate drug of abuse in the area. 

As a result of a series of OCPD investigations, 16 individuals face a total of 23 criminal charges. 

Officers from OCPD and the La Grange Police Department arrested 11 suspects early Monday, including:

• Ivan Caldwell, 26, 4209 Dana Road, Crestwood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance;

• Debra Adair, 28, 7110 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance;

• Joseph Adair, 48, 7511 Edgewater Drive, Crestwood, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance;

• Wendy Branham, 29, 7110 Floydsburg Road, Apt. 32, Crestwood, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance;

• Christopher T. Chesser, 44, 415 N. First St., La Grange, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivating marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking marijuana;

• Michael J. Brow Jr., 28, 1203 Woodcreek Drive, Apt. 15, La Grange, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; 

• Brandon L. Meredith, 19, 4627 Heritage Manor, Crestwood, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school;

• Elizabeth M. Cummings, 23, 7702 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, two counts first-degree  trafficking in a controlled substance;

• Kevin L. Tolle, 22, 312 W. Main St., La Grange, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school;

• Nicholas G. Geniale, 19, 1725 Crystal Drive, La Grange, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; and

• Michael J. Kurtz, 38, 307 Russell Ave., La Grange, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school. 

As of Monday, OCPD continued searching for the additional five subjects facing drug charges.

Anyone that suspects illegal drug activity is urged to call OCPD’s anonymous tip line at 222-1300. 

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