Last week, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger made two separate arrests of suspected prescription pill peddlers, one on a traffic stop and one at a buy set up as the result of an ongoing investigation.
In the first case, Folger saw a vehicle exiting the church property on Neals Creek Road in Stanford at a high rate of speed around noon last Wednesday. Folger activated his emergency equipment and the driver, Randy Long, 27, attempted to flee. Long, of Stanford came upon another vehicle that he couldn’t pass and ultimately pulled over.
Upon questioning, Long told Folger that he was on his way to deliver prescription drugs to another person at the church, but he admitted to Folger, Deputy Bill Schnitzler and Trooper Brandon Curlis that he had swallowed the evidence, several Percocets. He also told Folger that he already taken more than his prescription allowed before swallowing the remainder of his drugs.
Long became medically distressed and was taken to Fort Logan Hospital where he was treated and then transfered to the Lincoln County Regional Jail, charged with DUI, fleeing and evading and trafficking in a controlled substance.
Midday Saturday, law enforcement officers swarmed the area surrounding the Stanford Food Lion, the site of a planned controlled buy of prescription drugs.
Officers blocked all of the exits around the store and caught a Junction City man who’d come to Stanford to sell drugs trying to get onto US 150.
Stephen Grubbs, 29, gave officers permission to search his vehicle wherein they discovered some drugs, but not the ones they were looking for.
Trooper Bobby Amons had seen Grubbs in area of the Dominos Pizza and saw grass seed on top of a trash can near the restaurant. Inside the trash can he found a bag of grass seed, and inside the grass seed was a bank bag that held the pills Grubbs was supposed to be delivering.
Grubbs was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grubbs was lodged in the Lincoln County Regional Jail.
Also assisting in the arrest were Trooper Donnie Moses and deputies Bill Schnitzler and Dwayne Taylor.