Snake handling pastor from Kentucky arrested in drug raid

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- He was once the star of a reality-based TV show filmed in Eastern Kentucky, but now he’s behind bars.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb says Verlin Short, from Animal Planet's “Snake Man of Appalachia,” was one of 16 people targeted in a drug roundup Tuesday.

It’s a problem Sheriff Webb says plagues his county.

“This is one way law enforcement can deal with [drugs], make arrests for people that’s actually selling the drugs,” Webb added.

The reality-based TV show followed Short and his family that have deep roots with handling snakes.

On the show, Short had more than 40 rattlesnakes and copperheads that he kept as pets and used in religious services.

Sheriff Webb hopes drug round-ups like this one get his message across loud and clear.

“If you’re selling pills, you don’t know who you’re selling them to. Always remember that you could be recorded or someone could be watching you at the time,” Webb adds.

More drug arrests are expected very soon.

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