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An investigation that started in early spring led to a “significant” sweep on methamphetamine trafficking Thursday in Hardin County with the arrest of eight people after search warrants were issued throughout the county.

“There will be more (arrests) to come in the future and we expect to indict some people as well,” Greater Hardin Coun­ty Narcotics Task Force director Ron Eckart said Saturday.

The investigation is ongoing, Eckart said.

Of the eight charged, five face charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and two are charged with manufacturing meth.

Approximately 12 ounces of crystal meth­, several weapons, cash, vehicles and marijuana was seized through warrants executed by Ken­tucky State Police, Eliza­bethtown Police Department, West Point Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Among the charged are two Elizabethtown brothers, Brian Burnett, 58, and Billy Burnett Sr., 62, who are charged with trafficking methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine with 1,000 feet of a school. The men live on St. John Road, according to arrest citations, within 1,000 feet of G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. The men were arrested at 1 p.m. Thursday.

About 4 ounces of meth­amphetamine was found inside the home along with glass pipes, small bags and weight scales, according to arrest citations.

Both men are charged with first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine, more than or equal to 2 grams, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted; first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

“That group, especially the Burnetts and (James) Vessels have been moving large amounts of crystal meth,” Eckart said. “They probably have been moving close to a pound a week, mainly in Hardin County.”

Others arrested are:

• James Vessels, 54, of Elizabethtown, first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and use and investment of drug-related income.

• Christopher Boggs, 39, Vine Grove, first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.

• Robert Brown, 55, Radcliff, first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — methamphetamine; resisting arrest; no operator’s license; and expired registration plates.

• Paul Wiseman, 55, Radcliff, second offense manufacturing methamphetamine; first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Kaelin Favreau, 29, Radcliff, second offense manufacturing methamphetamine; first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Theodore Rip­plin­ger, 59, Howevalley, first offense, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — meth­­am­phet­amine; first offense, first-degree pos­session of a controlled substance — meth­amphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All suspects are lodged in the Hardin Coun­ty Detention Center.

All of the trafficking and manufacturing charges are Class B or C felonies, punishable by up to 10 or 20 years in prison, if convicted.

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