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Three arrested in pain medication bust

Thomas Downs Thomas Downs
Cheryl Palmer Cheryl Palmer
Roy Glisson, Sr. Roy Glisson, Sr.

Three arrests Friday end a month-long investigation into the alleged trafficking of prescription pain medications in McCracken County.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department Drug Division, it all started with complaints that 48-year-old Thomas Downs was allegedly selling prescription medication from his residence on Palestine School Road.

Detectives had an undercover source buy the prescription drug Percocet from Downs, and officers say that undercover effort implicated down's neighbors.

Investigators searched Downs' home and another house on the 86-hundred block of Palestine School Road Friday.

During the search - police say four people admitted to selling pain medications for profit.

Officers say 56-year-old Roy Glisson, Sr. of Palestine School Road admitted to detectives that he sold his prescription medication to Thomas Downs and 44-year-old Cheryl Palmer.

Downs and Palmer would then reportedly sell the medication to others.

Glisson's wife, 53-year-old Polly Glisson, also admitted to selling Lortabs for profit to individuals. She was cited for trafficking controlled substance 2nd degree 1st offense but not taken into custody.

The other three remain in the McCracken County Jail on the following charges:

Thomas Downs: Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd or Subsequent Offense (A Class "B" felony, punishable by 10 - 20 years).

Cheryl Palmer: Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd or Subsequent Offense (A class "C" felony, punishable by 10 - 20 years).

Roy Glisson, Sr.: Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (two charges) (A class "C" felony punishable by 5 - 10 years).

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