Kentucky minister faces federal drug charges

jwarren@herald-leader.comNovember 18, 2013 

A Northeastern Kentucky minister and another suspect are facing federal drug charges in what officers described as an operation to distribute prescription medications brought here from other states.

Authorities confiscated more than $1 million in cash, vehicles, and jewelry after the two were arrested, according to the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (FADE), which is investigating the case.

Officers also recovered "about $70,000" in prescription pills at the minister's church and his residence, the task force said.

Scott Gilliam, 42, pastor of the Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill, and Brandon Logan, 28, were arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Ashland. Both are from Olive Hill.

The men are charged with conspiracy to traffic in drugs and intent to traffic in drugs, according to FADE.

Gilliam and Logan were arrested on federal warrants Friday at a construction site in Lewis County where they were working, according to FADE. The drug task force operates in Lewis, Carter and Greenup counties.

According to FADE, the arrests followed an 18 month investigation involving multiple agencies, including FADE, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the Internal Revenue Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to FADE, it is alleged that the two suspects were part of an operation that distributed prescription drugs in Kentucky that had been brought into the state from the Midwest.

More arrests are expected in other jurisdictions, according to FADE.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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