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More than 30 arrested in Powell County drug roundup

STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of arrest warrants were served Friday during a roundup that targeted people police say were selling a variety of drugs including pills, meth, and heroin.

Kentucky State Police, US Marshals, Powell County Sheriff's deputies, Stanton Police, and Clay City Police were working together to serve the warrants. Police say they used informants in each of the cases and their evidence is solid.

"It's pretty evident what happened when its on video," said Detective Ernie Dudleson with the Powell County Sheriff's Department.

Judge Frank Fletcher came into the the county and had a special court session just to handle the arraignments of the more than 30 people they were able to arrest by the afternoon.

"This eliminates a huge transport problem for us," Dudleson said. "Otherwise we'd have to bring fifty people or so back to the courthouse."

Those not arrested today will be targeted in the coming weeks. Dudleson says his department sees the effects of these drugs daily.

"It's become such a problem it's unreal, when you take those things you just become a zombie."

Because the Powell County Jail didn't have room to house the people arrested, most of them were taken to Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville.


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