Police have arrested eight people who allegedly were part of a drug ring that focused on selling prescription pills and marijuana to high-school students.
Members of the drug ring allegedly had students sell drugs in high schools in Knox County, said Trooper Walt Meachum, spokesman for the state police post in Harlan.
Meachum said he understood one student kept straws to give buyers so they could snort drugs.
Police seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and $28,163 in cash during the series of arrests Wednesday evening, according to a news release issued Thursday by state police.
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Charged with engaging in an organized crime syndicate and drug trafficking were: Albert D. Davis, 53, Corbin; Tim Wayne Brock, 54, Pineville; Mark C. Martin, 46, Gray; Damon D. Williams, 46, Gray, and Jonathan Martin, 19, Corbin.
Charged with trafficking in marijuana were Brandon Smith, 18, Michael Woody, 20, and Tonya Honeycutt, 25, all of Corbin.
State police, Barbourville police and the Two Rivers Task Force took part in the investigation.
More arrests are pending, Meachum said.