Father and son among 11 arrested in Leslie County drug roundup

kward1@herald-leader.comNovember 19, 2013 

A father and son long suspected of drug dealing are among 11 people arrested as part of a drug roundup in Leslie County.

About 900 pills, more than 40 guns and a small amount of cash were seized from the home of John Ed Holland, 62, and a family business inside a garage on property owned by Holland's son, Elbert Holland, 38, according to a news release from Operation UNITE.

Both men are from Bear Branch in the Rockhouse community.

"We have been receiving complaints on the Hollands since the mid-2000s," said Paul Hays, law enforcement director for UNITE, a regional anti-drug effort in southern and Eastern Kentucky. "It wasn't until recently that we were able to get the breaks needed to make an arrest."

Elbert Holland is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and John Ed Holland is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. More charges are likely, according to the release.

In addition to the Hollands, arrest warrants were issued for 16 other people after an 11-month investigation. Eleven of them had been arrested and taken to the Leslie County Detention Center as of Tuesday afternoon.

Most of the cases involved oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, although marijuana was also discovered.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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