Law Enforcement

Botts named Deputy of the Year

FRENCHBURG — James Botts, a long-time member of Operation UNITE’s Drug Task Force, was named Deputy of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association earlier this fall. Botts, who works through the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, was honored for his humanitarian efforts following the devastating March 2 tornado outbreak. “This young man stands out as a man who went above and beyond...

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Medication drop box dedicated

SOMERSET (November 1, 2012) – Keeping expired or unwanted medications in your home can unknowingly make you a contributor to this area’s drug problem, Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers said Wednesday at the dedication of a new medication drop box located at the Somerset Mall. Speaking outside the Somerset Police Department Substation, Rogers noted that most teenagers who try...

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Bi-partisan support pledged in drug fight

PRESTONSBURG – State leaders joined Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers in pledging strong, bi-partisan support of efforts to curb prescription drug abuse during a forum held Monday night at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. More than 400 people attended the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, held at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Conference Center, to learn about current anti-drug efforts and what...

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‘Dragon’ destroys 12,172 pills in Magoffin

SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County brought in 12,172 pills for destruction during its “Clean Your Medicine Cabinet Out Day” event on October 24. The expired or unwanted pills brought to Operation UNITE’s “Pill Dragon” – a mobile incinerator provided in cooperation with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE and the Kentucky Army National Guard – were collected in just 2 hours. The Pill Dragon has now...

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Trio arrested for meth manufacturing

MONTICELLO (10-16-12) – Three people were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after police went to a Missouri Hollow home on a separate case late Monday night. Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year-old Brian “Bear” Hutton, 22-year-old Joe Young Jr., and 44-year-old Joe Young Sr. after discovering an active methamphetamine lab in the basement of the Young’s residence on...

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Pill Dragon destroys 1 millionth pill

BOONEVILLE – “Today in Owsley County you are going to make history,” U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers told nearly 100 people gathered at the Owsley County Senior Citizens Center Monday afternoon. “You are going to burn (Operation) UNITE’s one millionth pill.” Rogers was referring to UNITE’s “Pill Dragon,” a mobile incinerator made possible through a collaboration with...

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Policy forum on substance abuse

PRESTONSBURG (10-15-12) – A bi-partisan panel of state and federal policy makers will discuss current initiatives to make a positive impact on curbing the drug abuse epidemic at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Monday, October 29. A limited number of seats are still available for the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, presented by the Operation UNITE Foundation and the Recovery Kentucky...

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Dragon to hit 1M pill milestone

BOONEVILLE – Operation UNITE’s Pill Dragon is poised to destroy its 1 millionth pill during an appearance in Owsley County on Monday, October 15. Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, along with members of the Kentucky Army National Guard command staff, will be on hand to commemorate the occasion during a “Clean Your Medicine Cabinet Out Day” program beginning at 1 p.m. at...

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OD death sentencing sets ‘precedent’

LONDON (10-4-12) – A Breathitt County woman is believed to be the first person federally sentenced in the Eastern District of Kentucky for causing an overdose death by illegally supplying the drugs. Judy McIntosh, 48, appeared before U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove on Wednesday, Oct. 3, where she was formally sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for her role in the 2010...

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Michigan doctor ran pill pipeline to KY

PIKE (9-7-12) – A Michigan doctor and two of his patients, suspected of operating a pill distribution ring to Eastern Kentucky, were arrested by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials earlier this week. Dr. Anthony Choe, 45, of Chelsea, Michigan, was arrested at his office Wednesday, September 5, on a federal indictment warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute...

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