Law Enforcement

1,200 lbs of drugs collected in UNITE region

In just a single day, citizens across southern and eastern Kentucky have doubled the amount of unwanted or unused medications returned for safe disposal. On Saturday, April 27, Operation UNITE partnered with local anti-drug coalitions, the Kentucky State Police, and local law enforcement agencies for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back...

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Food City to host Rx drug collection sites

Food City has partnered with Operation UNITE to collect and safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications on Saturday, April 27 – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Six Food City Pharmacy locations in five counties will accept medications from residents between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service. UNITE Coalition members, along with law enforcement officials, will...

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Summit focused national attention on Rx drug abuse

CHAMPIONSGATE, FL – A national outcry about the human cost of prescription drug abuse is needed if efforts to stop this national epidemic are to be successful, participants at the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit were told. “When are we going to take it seriously, because in the end these are friends and family members” who are paying for the cost of addiction, said Joseph Rannazzisi,...

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Magoffin drug trafficking arrests

SALYERSVILLE – Three people face drug charges following an Operation UNITE investigation into prescription pills being brought into Magoffin County from Ohio. Elliot Gipson, 32, and his wife, 39-year-old Erma Gipson, both of Lima, Ohio, were arrested by UNITE detectives on Monday, April 8, and charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The couple was out on bond for...

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Lee drug RU marks 4,000th UNITE arrest

BEATTYVILLE – Operation UNITE made its 4,000th drug-related arrest during a roundup of suspected dealers in Lee County on Friday, February 22. “This is a significant milestone for UNITE’s Law Enforcement Drug Task Force,” said Paul Hays, UNITE law enforcement director. Law enforcement officers had arrested 17 of 25 individuals sought in the sweep and seized a small quantity of marijuana...

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‘The Highway To Heroin’

“The Highway to Heroin,” a FREE, public domain video program available as a C-Satellite Downlink and as an on-demand webcast, will air from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Click here to register. The push to close pill mills and reduce the painkiller supply is creating a new problem. Opiate addicts need their fix, so when they can’t easily get their pills to pop,...

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Jury convicts head of drug ring

PIKEVILLE – A federal jury has convicted a Magoffin County man on charges he masterminded a multi-million drug trafficking network. Howard Harlo Back, 76, of the Lick Branch Community off KY 378, was found guilty Wednesday, January 30, on one count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and 12 counts of distribution of Oxycodone after a three-day trial held in U.S. District Court in...

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Police oppose hemp legislation

Industrial hemp production in Kentucky is not economically sound, would impose an unnecessary financial burden on the state, and could facilitate future efforts to legalize its cousin – marijuana, according to law enforcement officials across the commonwealth. “All of the rhetoric you’re hearing from the small group of proponents seeking to reintroduce hemp cultivation is based on desired...

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Clay County drug dealers sought

MANCHESTER (12-11-12) – A total of 24 people were being sought Tuesday, December 11, on charges related to illegal drug trafficking in Clay County. The eight-month investigation was conducted in partnership between the Manchester Police Department and Operation UNITE detectives. Most of the suspected illegal drug trafficking occurred in the city of Manchester and Curry Branch section of Clay...

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Pike roundup seeks 15 dealers

PIKEVILLE – Law enforcement officials spread out across Pike County on Tuesday, November 27, in an effort to arrest 15 individuals suspected of drug trafficking. The roundup culminated undercover investigations spanning about one year. “Most of our cases were initiated through citizen tips and subsequent follow-up investigation,” said Keith Napier, Big Sandy Task Force Manager for Operation...

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