Kentucky cracks down on illegal sales of prescription drugs. State and federal agents announced this afternoon... they've arrested 'dozens' of people in a major drug sweep.
At a news conference this afternoon they said they arrested nearly 50 people in southern and eastern Kentucky and confiscated lots of prescription pills.
They're giving a lot of credit to a new program called Kasper. It stands for Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting. It is an electronic system that tracks who fills controlled substance prescriptions and who's receiving them.
The law is able to use this information to monitor misuse and abuse.
Thanks to this program and Operation UNITE officials, close to 50 suspected prescription drug dealers were put behind bars today.... including two pharmacists!
Officials say Dan Darfin who ran the Quick Script Pharmacy in Monticello and Greg Jones who ran the RX Express in Russell near Ashland were both illegally selling prescription drugs for profit.
Captain Joe Williams with the Kentucky State Police says
one of the pharmacists did 98% of his business from controlled substances. The average for a Walgreen's or a law abiding pharmacy is 15%.
Many of the others arrested today are thought to be getting their pills out of state and selling them in the commonwealth. State and federal officials say they aren't going to tolerate this any longer.
There were 12 federal indictments returned today and more than 100 warrants issued by the state on drug trafficking charges. They tell us today's arrests were just the beginning.