You don’t expect to hear this regularly, but it did happen.
A pastor in Kentucky is accused of running the largest pill trafficking organization in the state. Neighbors are shocked to find out that the preacher wasn’t as much into praising God as he was into selling dope.
“I was shocked, because I live right here and I never see anyone go in or out of there,” said Mike Newsome, a neighbor of Scott Gilliam, who is accused of running the ring. “I did know some of the people that went to church there. They’d stop and talk to me. They were all nice folks.”
Gilliam was the pastor at Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill. He was arrested this week, along with Brian Logan and charged with a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
“Tens of thousands of pills that have a street value of $40 to $45 each. So you’re talking [a] multimillion dollar trafficking organization,” said one of the officers in the case.
Another neighbor told News Channel 3 that the pastor was respected throughout the community.
“Nobody would ever dreamed this,” the neighbor said. “It’s just unbelievable, completely.”
“[He] pastored a church while he was engaging in a major drug trafficking organization [which] is pretty heinous,” the lead detective said.
Police say that the pastor hid the drugs inside the wall of a room that looked like a playroom for children.
“Large quantity of pain pills. Oxycodone 30-milligram tablets from inside the church,” the lead detective said. “It was a room that was located toward the rear of the church that was like a children’s playroom. Pills were concealed inside the wall.”
November 17, 2013
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