Two people, in unrelated cases, are in police custody after being arrested for selling drugs to undercover Sumner County Drug Task Force operatives.
On June 19, Curtis M. Everhart, 31, of Wellington was arrested on a Sumner County District Court warrant for two Counts of sale of Methamphetamine and one Count of Use of Communication Device to Facilitate Drug Sale.
The next day, June 20, Sadia M. Bitner, 41 of Wellington was arrested on three counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School and three counts of Use of Communication Facility to Facilitate Drug Sale. She was also charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine in the 400 block of N. Woodlawn – near Kennedy Elementary School, 501 N. Woodlawn.
The use of communication facilities and devices is another way of saying the suspects utilized cell phones to set up drug deals.
"Frequently when we charge someone with a sell to an undercover drug person, they set the sale up by either text messaging or by regular telephone call," said Kirwin Spencer, Sumner County Attorney. "…It's unlawful to use a cell phone to set up a drug sale." Each case has been building for about three or four months.
"You don't have one undercover case and then go out and file that case," Spencer continued. "You try to get three or four cases put together before you have the potential of having to burn the identity of who the undercover agent it." These latest arrests stem from the continued work of the local drug task force, as they battle the on-going drug problems in the community.
"There's been a focus on that with the combination task force between the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff's Office," Spencer said. "They've been doing a good job of putting together some good cases."