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Deputies raid drug kingpin twice in five days, take 23 cars

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By Beth Braden

LaFOLLETTE—Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized 23 vehicles during two raids on drug “kingpin” Kermit D. York.
The saga began Aug. 15 when officers converged on 52-year-old York’s home at 711 Ivey Hollow Road.
An investigation into York’s alleged actions gave officials probable cause to obtain the search warrant.
The Special Weapons and Tactics Entry Team came face-to-face with York, his wife and stepchild, as well as an unrelated male at approximately 7 p.m. that night. A search of the residence netted money, oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, marijuana and a .44-magnum pistol.
The gun had been reported stolen in LaFollette.
While at the Ivey Hollow Road home, officers also seized 10 vehicles, including a Corvette, Harley Davidson motorcycle, trucks, four-wheelers and a wrecker.
Police later converged on the home of York’s daughter at 265 Dillon Drive. A safe containing $60,000 in cash was found under the floor in a bedroom. Police do not believe York’s daughter was a participant in his alleged drug dealing.
On Tuesday afternoon, police again converged on the Ivey Road home to search for more evidence in their case against Kermit York.  An additional 13 vehicles were seized on Tuesday.
York has a criminal history dating back to 1993 when he pleaded guilty to felony sale of schedule III narcotics. He’s been booked at the Campbell County Jail three times.
Evidence obtained during the search warrants will be presented to the grand jury for indictment. If indicted, York will be arrested and charged. York’s brother, Bobby York, is in federal prison for drug charges.
Police say they are also investigating several other drug dealers in Campbell County.