When detectives with the F.A.D.E task force, Carter County Sheriff's Office and the Olive Hill Police Department executed a search warrant last Wednesday, they seized enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in Carter County with drugs left over.
"It was 65 grams of fentanyl," Sheriff Jeff May explained. "That's enough to kill 34,000 people."
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 estimation for Carter County placed the county population at 27,144.
May said the warrant was executed after a two year investigation by the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement (F.A.D.E) task force, and shut down a major conduit of what they call the "Detroit Drug Pipeline."
The warrant was served at a home belonging to Michael Griffith, just east of Grayson, May said.
"They were in the process of cutting the fentanyl when we kicked in the door," he said.
In addition to the 65 grams of fentanyl, they seized just under two grams of heroin, and 435 grams of marijuana. They also located and seized 417 marijuana plants growing in the rear of the residence and other illegal narcotics and paraphernalia, $4,000 in cash, five handguns and one shotgun.
Clayton "Guy" Hill, of Olive Hill was arrested in the raid and charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree. F.A.D.E detectives are continuing to investigate and additional charges are pending. May said that they have already been able to connect Hill to another out of state case, of locally stolen guns recovered in Michigan, which they believe may have been sold or traded for drugs.