Law Enforcement

1,600 pounds of pills collected

1,600 pounds of pills collected

Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. “Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” noted Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the...

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Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27

Drug Take-Back Day is Sept. 27

Operation UNITE along with Kentucky State Police posts throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 9th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DEA will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at KSP Post locations in Ashland, Harlan,...

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Meth bust in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – A Harlan County man was arrested Saturday, June 7, by Operation UNITE detectives shortly after he retrieved a methamphetamine lab from a remote mountain location used as a cook site. Larry Lucas, 31, of Cumberland, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors and second-degree wanton endangerment. An anonymous tip led law enforcement...

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UNITE collects nearly 1 ton of pills

UNITE collects nearly 1 ton of pills

Nearly 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. The 1,933.2 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs filled 114 cartons. This total does not include any medications brought to other...

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Leslie drug roundup

HYDEN – A father and son suspected of peddling drugs throughout Leslie County for nearly a decade were among those arrested Monday by Operation UNITE. John Ed Holland, 62, and Elbert Holland, 38, of Bear Branch in the Rockhouse community of Leslie County, also face additional charges after a large quantity of drugs and guns were found at their home. “We have been receiving complaints on the...

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Breathitt drug roundup

JACKSON – Police sought to arrest 19 people on drug-related charges early Wednesday morning (November 13), culminating an undercover investigation by Operation UNITE and the Jackson Police Department. Since early summer, UNITE detectives have focused on identifying individuals suspected of trafficking in prescription pills – and even some methamphetamine – throughout Breathitt County. “We...

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