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Two more arrested as part of KSP drug roundup

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Two more Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with selling drugs as part of a Kentucky State Police effort to get drugs off the street.

Nineteen Taylor County residents were charged with drug crimes as part of the effort. A few indictments against those charged remain sealed at press time.

KSP initiated Operation Black Friday in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 1. In all, 479 people around the state have been charged with committing 774 crimes. The effort amounts to the largest drug roundup in the agency's history.

Arrest warrants for the 19 Taylor County residents were issued last month, though they were sealed after a Taylor County grand jury issued indictments against the defendants on Oct. 22.

A grand jury can seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

The two defendants most recently arrested include:

• Andre Gurley, 29, of 124 E. Walnut St., was charged in four separate indictments with first-degree selling 10 or more dosage units of a controlled substance, second-degree selling less than 20 dosage units of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree selling 20 or more dosage units of a controlled substance and four counts of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond in all four indictments was set at $20,000 cash and Gurley was ordered to not violate the law or consume any alcohol or illegal drugs. If convicted in all four cases, Gurley could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison.

Last Tuesday, the charges of second-degree selling less than 20 dosage units of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree selling 20 or more dosage units of a controlled substance and three counts of being a first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed because Gurley has been re-indicted and charged with committing those offenses.

• Lamont J. Smith, 34, of 336 Eve Court, was charged with first-degree selling 4 or more grams of cocaine and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $25,000 cash. If convicted, Smith could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.