According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the investigation began in October 2009. During the investigation, detectives were able to make controlled purchases of prescription medications from individuals living at an undisclosed residence in the area east of Clay City, near the intersection of State Road 246 and County Road 200 East.
Suspects taken into custody during Monday's arrest warrant sweep and their preliminary charges include:
* Heather (Bewely) West, 32, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,
* Shawn West, 34, on one count of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,
* William Sims, 46, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule III Controlled Substance, two counts class C felony Dealing a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times all five suspects remain incarcerated on $25,000 cash bonds (with no 10 percent allowed) to await formal court proceedings in the matter.
Heaton said misuse of prescription medications is a serious matter.
"If the medications get into hands of the wrong people it can cause life changing events. We have had multiple deaths, some involving young people, in the past few years from the abuse of prescription medication."
"If anyone has information about illegal drug activity, please call the Clay County Sheriff's Department," Heaton said.
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department a 446-2535.