Law Enforcement

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More than one ton of outdated or unwanted medications was collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day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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Drug Take-Back Day October 26

Residents living in southern and eastern Kentucky wishing to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications have plenty of options at this coming Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Over the past year, Operation UNITE has helped establish 41 permanent medication drop box sites in 34 counties. These boxes are available free to citizens during operating hours that vary...

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Harlan drug roundup targets 51

HARLAN – Arrest warrants for 51 Harlan County residents have been issued following a nine-month undercover investigation by Operation UNITE into drug trafficking within the area. Law enforcement officers from UNITE, the Kentucky State Police, Harlan Police Department, Lynch Police Department, Loyall Police Department and Benham Police Department set out Friday, October 4, to locate these...

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Pike dispatcher/deputy arrested

PIKEVILLE – A Pike County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher and deputy was one of two individuals arrested Thursday morning following an undercover drug investigation by Operation UNITE. Matthew Blanton, 33, of Rocky Road, Pikeville, and 34-year-old Bradley Childers of Rocky Branch, Pikeville, were each charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and lodged in the Pike County...

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