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Montgomery County's annual Relay for Life event was held last weekend at Easy Walker Park. Relay for Life is the signature event for the American Cancer Society and proceeds collected go towards research, education, service and advocacy. This year’s theme was “Paint the World Purple.” Here, Elaina Romans sat still to have her face painted in Heritage Christian Church’s tent. Photo by Brianna White.
Police investigating suspect's ties to overdoses
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Police are investigating possible ties between a drug trafficking suspect arrested last week and recent overdose cases.

Jason Lee “Buddha” Blevins, 38, of Mt. Sterling, allegedly had a large quantity of heroin and fentanyl in his possession when he was arrested June 6 during a traffic stop on the Bypass, Mt. Sterling Police Det./Sgt. Jimmy Daniels said.

Fentanyl is considered 40 to 50 times more powerful than heroin and has been linked to numerous drug overdoses cases across the country.
Blevins is being held at the Montgomery County Regional Jail on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He has previous convictions on drug charges involving oxycontin and heroin, Daniels said.

The MSPD, working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the arrest after an approximately one-month long investigation, he said.
Police had received tips and complaints alleging that Blevins was dealing drugs, Daniels said.

The two agencies tracked Blevins to Lexington last week while conducting surveillance and witnessed an alleged drug transaction with another individual, he said.

Authorities continued the surveillance back to Mt. Sterling where officers on a separate team say they witnessed traffic infractions and pulled over Blevins’ vehicle on the bypass, the detective said.

A drug-detection dog was brought to the scene and indicated the presence of narcotics, Daniels said.

During a search of Blevins’ person, officers found the heroin/fentanyl. Blevins reportedly admitted that the drugs were his, Daniels said.
Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin for distribution.

More charges are pending for Blevins as the investigation continues, Daniels said.
Lexington Metro Police arrested the other individual allegedly involved in the transaction, he said. Police are not releasing details of that arrest at this time.

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