By Leeann Akers - Editor
Nov. 15, 2013 —
A Carter County clergyman has been arrested for allegedly being one of the biggest pill traffickers in the state.
FADE Task Force detectives and officers with the Drug Enforcement Adminsitration arrested Scott Gillum, 42, of Olive Hill, on Friday. Gillum is reportedly the pastor of the Holiness Tabernacle Church off Perry Tabernacle Road.
Also arrested was Brandon Logan, 28, also of Olive Hill.
FADE officers said both men were involved in a “large trafficking organization, which includes medical professionals, international ties, and human trafficking.”
Gillum and Logan both have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute by a federal grand jury and are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Ashland.
FADE detectives said Friday afternoon that a large quantity of pills with a street value of roughly $68,000 had been recovered at the church, which Gillum had apparently been using as a “stash house.”
During the course of the investigation, detectives have seized over $1 million in assets and currency.
“This is a multi-million-dollar pill operation,” a FADE spokesperson said. “If this isn't the biggest pill case in the state, it is one of the biggest.”
FADE worked with multiple federal agencies during the course of the 18-month investigation, including the United States Postal Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“This pastor has been a wolf in sheep's clothing the whole time,” FADE's spokesperson said. “He has been leading and counseling in this community while being the real life equivalent of Mr. White in ‘Breaking Bad.’ He has been a key factor in bringing in thousands of pills that are going out into our entire area.”
Detectives said after the arrests that the investigation spanned several states. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests in other jurisdictions are expected.
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