EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Pastor Arrested In Record-Breaking Ky. Pill Bust
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
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Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Nov. 15, 2013 12:10 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 15, 2013 11:08 PM EST
Vanceburg , Lewis County , Kentucky
A former pastor has been arrested in a major drug trafficking bust in Kentucky.
Members of the fade drug task force in Kentucky said Scott Gilliam, the pastor of Perry's Branch Holiness Tabernacle in Olive Hill, was using his former church as part of a major drug enterprise.
“It’s just a quiet little neighborhood, but to know this little old school house that was a church for the past few years was involved in this is a complete shock to me,” Mike Newsome, of Olive Hill, said. “And i live right across the street.”
Gilliam was arrested in what authorities are calling one of the biggest drug busts in Kentucky history –a massive drug trafficking ring going across the country and ending here in Carter County.
Investigators said tens of thousands of dollars worth of illegal pills were found inside the walls of a playroom of the church, which closed down about a year ago.
The undercover sting, which took about a year, netted $1.5 million in cash and assets.
Investigators say just one of these pills would go for as much as $40 in Carter County.
Those who live in Olive Hill were shocked that a man who's supposed to preach the gospel was accused of being a major player in the drug problem that has plagued the area.
Gilliam has been charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession with the intent to distribute.
Brandon Logan was also arrested on the same charges.
More arrests are expected to come from the massive, ongoing investigation, including the arrest of some health care professionals.
Two men have been arrested in connection to what officers are calling one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Kentucky.
Scott Gilliam, 42, of Olive Hill was charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and possession with the intent to distribute. Brandon Logan, 28, was charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and possession with the intent to distribute.
On Friday, detectives with the FADE Drug Task Force arrested the two men on federal indictments in connection to an undercover sting operation that lasted over a year. Members of the D.E.A, I.C.E., I.R.S. and other federal, state, and local agencies were involved in the investigation.
FADE officers said Gilliam was a pastor at a church in Olive Hill. Officers said some pills were seized from the church.
Members of the FADE Drug Task Force said they made one of the largest pill busts in Kentucky's history.
Two people were arrested at a construction site in Lewis County and were processed at the Carter County Detention Center. FADE officers said one of the suspects was a former pastor, and pills were seized from his church in Carter County.
FADE officers said the arrests were a result of a year and a half-long investigation, with many federal agencies involved.
Eyewitness News will update this story as more information becomes available.
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