Somerset man charged with mailing stolen drugs from Florida to Kentucky

A Somerset man broke into a business in Florida and stole drugs to mail back to Kentucky, state police said in a news release.

Shannon R. Helton, 31, has been charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, according to the news release from the state police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West office in Bowling Green.

State police received information that Helton was mailing pills to Kentucky from Captiva, Fla., where he allegedly had burglarized a business, the news release said.

Police seized a total of 565 OxyContin and hydromorphine pills — worth an estimated $11,300 on the street — Wednesday in Somerset and arrested Helton, the news release said. Charges are pending against Helton in Florida.