Drug bust one of largest in county history

By Kevin Wheatley Published:

It’s one of the largest drug busts in county history in terms of variety and quantity.

The arrest of Anthony Wilhoite and search of his 208 Bracken Court home Wednesday by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is significant, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland.

“This guy had whatever you’d need to get you through the weekend,” Cleveland said.

“... I’ve seen bales of marijuana at a time. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wilhoite, 43, at Kroger in Brighton Park Shopping Center around 6 p.m. Wednesday, court documents show.

A search of Wilhoite and his property yielded 1,321 30mg Percocet pills from Florida, three and a half ounces of cocaine, 10 ounces of marijuana, 80 packages of Suboxone – a substance used for opioid addiction, 100 Viagra and Cialis pills, 125 vials of human growth hormone and other steroids, seven shotguns and rifles, six pistols, two cell phones and $73,534 in cash, said Sheriff Pat Melton.

The drugs and weapons, two of which were stolen, are estimated worth between $150,000 and $200,000, Melton said during a 4 p.m. press conference today.

“Right now the investigation is still ongoing,” Melton said. “We’re still working, and this is an ongoing case – a big case for Frankfort and Franklin County.”

Other suspects are being investigated in the case, Melton said, and Wilhoite’s arrest is the result of weeks of investigation.

Deputies also found a hollowed-out can of Arizona Tea used to conceal Percocets during the search, Melton said. It was on display at the press conference.

“It’s a nice little holdout place to hide your pills when you come back from Florida,” Melton said, noting the case opened another link to the Florida painkiller pipeline.

“... Those are Percocet 30s. You can’t get Percocet 30s in Kentucky.”

Wilhoite cooperated with authorities during his arrest, Melton said.

Wilhoite faces charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in Percocet pills, trafficking in a controlled substance third-degree, trafficking in marijuana (more than 8 ounces), receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He’s in Franklin County Regional Jail on a $122,000 bond. 


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