What was thought to be a routine drug raid Tuesday turned into a huge stolen goods retrieval effort for local and state law enforcement officials.
Armed with a search warrant, the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department, along with members of the Salyersville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, raided the home of Harold and Ginger Risner on Blooming Branch.
Law enforcement officials confiscated a variety of illegal drugs, including prescription pain killers, marijuana, and $2,796 in cash.
A subsequent search of the area surrounding the home uncovered what sheriff Bob Jordan estimated at over $60,000 worth of suspected stolen goods.
But while attempting to recover some of the guns, power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and other items, law enforcement lost one of the crucial parts of the overall raid.
After discovering the drugs, officials arrested Harold Risner and placed him in the back seat of a sheriff’s cruiser.
During the ongoing search for suspected stolen property, Jordan said some of Risner’s family arrived on the scene, as well as social services officials because a 12-year-old child was inside the home at the time of the drug raid.
Jordan said when social services officials went to the cruiser to interview Risner he was no longer in the vehicle, apparently escaping with the assistance of a member of the crowd, the sheriff said.
Not long after Risner was discovered missing, the sheriff’s department received a call of an auto accident near their location.
Upon investigation of the accident it was discovered that Risner had apparently stolen a pickup truck and crashed it further up Bloomington Branch before leaving that scene on foot.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Risner was still on the loose and Jordan was busy securing a warrant for his arrest while urging the public to contact the sheriff’s office or 911 if the suspect is spotted.
Back at the Risner home, Ginger Risner was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, seven counts of second degree trafficking, and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Harold Risner is facing the same charges, as well as possession of marijuana, escape, fleeing and evading, theft of an automobile, and multiple counts of receiving stolen property.
A total of 13 guns, some of which have already been confirmed stolen, air compressors, generators, welders, weed eaters, lawn mowers, tillers, and power tools were recovered.
Jordan and deputies Josh Pease and David Slusher were accompanied by SPD chief Matthew Watson, patrolmen Brian Baldwin and Darvin Marsellete and KSP troopers Keith Arnett and Wes Collins.