Law Enforcement

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Nearly 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected from 42 medication dropbox locations across southern and eastern Kentucky during the U.S. Drug Enforcement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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1 ton of meds collected

More than one ton of outdated or unwanted medications was collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. A total of 2,021.5 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected from permanent drop box locations in 34 southern and eastern Kentucky counties – an increase of 850.3...

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Heroin cases highlight Pike roundup

PIKEVILLE – Heroin is slowly becoming a trendy drug among Pike County dealers. “It’s cheaper and it’s becoming easier to get than prescription drugs such as OxyContin,” said Keith Napier, Operation UNITE’s Big Sandy Task Force manager. “We’ve been noticing this trend for several months.” On Friday, UNITE detectives were joined by other law enforcement agencies to serve drug...

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