MUGSHOTS: 4 busted when deputies seize package containing dope

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

HUNTSVILLE, SCOTT COUNTY (WVLT) -- Four people were arrested in Scott County after Sheriff's deputies say they received twelve pounds of marijuana through UPS.

James Roark, of Whitley City, Kentucky, Gerald Strunk, of Strunk Road in Strunk, Kentucky, Bettina Jay, of Parkers Lake, Kentucky, and Robert Marlar Jr., of Winfield in Scott County remain jailed.

Scott County Sheriff's deputies say on Wednesday UPS turned over a package to Oliver Springs Police Department that they thought was suspicious.

Deputies say the package contained about 6 lbs of marijuana.

According to Sheriff Anthony Lay, they set up a sting and delivered the package to the address in Oneida.

The package was addressed to David Cuthen, an alias used by James Roark, who was expecting the shipment.

He was taken into custody and explained that he had agreed to receive the package and deliver it to someone else.

Meanwhile Bettina Jay arrived at the home and when questioned by police she also admitted to knowing the package contained marijuana and came by to make sure Roark received it.

As deputies stood by, they say Gerald S. Strunk and Robert Marlar, Jr., arrived to get the package.

They were questioned and Lay said Marlar admitted he received another package earlier in the day.

Deputies searched his home and located another package with about 6 pounds of marijuana.

They say the packages were coming from Texas.

The investigation is on going.

All four suspects have been charged with attempting to possess marijuana with intent to deliver and sell more than 5 pounds and conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to deliver and sell more than 10 pounds.

Marlar was also charged with felony possession of marijuana.

Authorities are still looking for two other suspects.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    waste of tax payer money
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    who care just some marijuana. fight some real crime and stop wasting tax payers money
  • by brenda Location: oneida on Feb 23, 2008 at 11:51 PM
    sheriff lay is doing a great job in scott co. keep up the good work.
  • by reader Location: Scott County on Feb 23, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    I think Sheriff Lay did know about this eventhough he was out of town.
  • by The TRUTH... Location: Scott County,TN on Feb 23, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    should be told.The 8th Judicial Drug Task Force was in charge of the operation with the help of Oneida Police Dept., Winfield Police Dept and the Scott County Sheriffs Dept.It was NOT just Scott County.The sheriff wasn't even in town.He was in Florida.Come on WVLT get your facts right before posting a story.We ALL KNOW that the sheriff is after GLORY and TV TIME but give these other depts credit where credit is due.
  • by Concerned Location: Scott County on Feb 22, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    Sheriff Lay didn't know about this until it was all over because he is out of town. How could he have had anything to do with it. Chief Deputy Bobby Ellis is the one that should be mentioned.
  • by reader Location: Scott County on Feb 22, 2008 at 05:51 PM
    This story says "according to Sheriff Anthony Lay". The Sherff is out of town. Chief Deptuty Bobby Ellis is the one that reported this story, not Sheriff Lay


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