• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Versailles Police arrest five on drug trafficking charges


VERSAILLES POLICE made five arrests on Friday, Feb. 16 in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking. The arrests were made after police executed search warrants at three locations: Minary Avenue, Nancy Street and Blackhawk Circle, according to Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney. (Versailles Police Department photo)

Versailles Police made five arrests on Friday, Feb. 16 in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking.

Margaret Bryant, 32, Christopher Chadwell, 35, Elrico Hymon, 32, Avery Neace, 31, and Matthew Neace, 30, all of Versailles, were arrested after law enforcement authorities executed search warrants at three locations in reference to drug trafficking, police said. The locations were identified as being on Minary Avenue, Nancy Street and Blackhawk Circle by Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney on Monday morning.

Bryant has been charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine); Chadwell has been charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) and being a second-degree persistent felony offender; Hymon has been charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) and being a second-degree persistent felony offender; Avery Neace has been charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine); and Matthew Neace has been charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. All five remain lodged in the Woodford County Detention Center.

“These particular arrests have come from direct narcotics investigations,” said Fortney last Friday.

“Obviously,” he added, “Versailles and Woodford County is a small community. So any type of arrest that we make – whether it’s one person or 15 people – to us makes a dent because that’s five people that are now not on those streets trafficking in these narcotics.”

On Monday morning, Fortney said more arrests are coming as this investigation into drug trafficking continues. “We do have a few more that we’re still actively looking for,” he said.

While Versailles Police welcome tips, Fortney said Friday’s arrests were a culmination of an investigation conducted by its detectives and patrol officers.

“Our investigations team worked really hard (on this case), and have been for probably the last three or four months… Lots of hours, lots of manpower and lots of paperwork,” said Fortney. He said the Versailles Police Department does have an app for Smart Phones so people in the community can make complaints about drug activity in their neighborhoods. The Woodford County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with the Versailles Police Department on the joint investigation.

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