Mother Breaks Down As Drug Bust Lands Most Of Her Family In Jail

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A mother charged with drug trafficking breaks down during the bust that lands most of her family in jail.

Our cameras got a rare look at what happens behind the pat-downs and flashing police lights.

We spoke to the Knott County woman who wants a second chance for her family.

An 18-month-long drug trafficking investigation leads to a father and three of his sons in handcuffs. Yeart Pratt's wife knows she's also about to be arrested as UNITE officers search their Pine Top home.

“We were able to buy cocaine, methodone and oxycontin off of members of this family,” says Dan Smoot of Operation UNITE.

Lillys Pratt says she's doesn't know how her family ended up here. She agreed to talk to us but asked us not to show her face.

“It's just drugs and everybody here, and just them in and out, and I don't know what to do,” says Pratt.

Lillys Pratt says she hasn't smiled in three years, she doesn't know how she'll ever show her face in church again, and she's lost all hope in changing her family's situation.

“It's like Hell. I can't get away, I’ve tried to get away, I want to get away. I've prayed to God just let me get away just help me get away. It didn't do no good,” says Pratt.

Pratt says she's afraid to leave the house or even sleep at night. UNITE officers tell her life doesn't have to continue this way.

“There are a lot of people that care about you, and there are a lot of people in this community that care about you. Now you can turn that bad situation you had into something that's good, and maybe can change your life and get you back where you have some joy in your life again. And that's what we want to help you to do,” says Paul Hays of Operation UNITE.

“I know. God forgives,” says Pratt.

It's the last thing Lillys Pratt wants to say before she's taken to jail with her boys.

Lillys Pratt, her husband Yeart, and their sons John and Hubert are all in the Kentucky River Regional Jail facing trafficking charges.

Police arrested their son Aaron Pratt on unrelated charges.

Investigators are still looking for Yeart Pratt Junior and his wife Susan, who police say may now be in Tennessee.


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  • by paully.p Location: CA on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    Well, i think people need to keep there mouths shut.This family is a good one and they done what they needed to do to pay bills and keep there house.They have done no wrong if it wasn't for the drugies buying the drugs they wouldnt be selling them HELLO... So quit worrying about the people trying to keep there family together and take care of the drugies in knott co. this family may not be perfect but they will do any thing for you and they have more heart then any of you losers.
  • by mac Location: edmonton ky. on Oct 31, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    I grew up around these boys and they have been flirting with prison for years. They are not going to change now or later so do what is right. That is the problem everybody looks the other way. Wake up knott co.
  • by john Location: KNOTT on Sep 2, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    LET THEM OUT THEIR INNOCENT
  • by Anonymous Location: Louisville on Jul 22, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    As usual it's the small fish that is caught and the big fish swims free. Come on Operation Unite, 18 month investigation and this is all you have to show for it! I'm not saying what was going on was right but I do know all the ills of Knott County and the surrounding counties were not caused by this one 66 year old woman and her family. Who knows why this happened to this woman, maybe she was afraid to leave because she had neither the resources or the means to get out. It appears from some of the comments that some of the good people in Knott County could care less about this woman. Maybe she was afraid for her life, afraid to go to sleep at night, or maybe she didn't want to leave her home because she feared there would be no home to return to. Whatever her reasons, I'll probably never know or understand, God will help her through these troubling and sad times. what
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jul 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    How many lifes have drug dealers destroyed? Sorry mom you and your crew need to be in jail.
  • by anonymous Location: clay on Jul 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    I think the people of eastern ky needs help the people that sells drugs raises there family the best they can. I'm against meth and cocane. take some one to sell to a kid needs to be under the jail. the older people has the right to buy a pill if they're hurting because when you go to doctors they charge you a BILL and laugh at you and sen them home in pain and hurting for no reason when they could buy a pain pill cheaper then the state having to pay the bill or that same adult.
  • by Tom on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    Darth: People are tired of the same old "when are they going to get someone who matters" comments. I know without a doubt you are not from Knott County so please do not get on here making comments about the Pratts. Do you know how they have terrorized the community for years? So police should let the small dealers go? Brilliant idea. I hate to break it to you there are not too many millionaire pill dealers in Letcher and Knott Counties. It does not matter if they are only selling to 50 people a month that is 50 people who are stealing and out driving high on pills. Grow up before commenting on things that are above your head and you only know what you have heard adults saying or read on blogs.
  • by knows them on Jul 20, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    she had to know what was going on and she had not darkend the door of a church for years.every body knew what was going on a the prats
  • by Darth Location: Letcher on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    This is just more of the same. The same people get arrested in every community. They all look alike and they are all poor. When will law enforcement actually make an arrest that matters? When will they get to somebody who actually makes some serious money from selling drugs? These people are a sad lot. They live tragic lives of poverty and addiction but they are only the visible part of the problem. It's pretty obvious from the way Mrs. Pratt talks and the way they live they aren't the kingpins in this drug operation.
  • by William Location: SeKy on Jul 20, 2008 at 02:29 AM
    The people of south east Ky are some of the best people in the world, but im scared that the heratage of the mountain people is forever going to be changed by Drs from other parts of the world that don't respect our culture and, how can you have good medical care with a total break down of communication? apparently the Dr's is making some kind of mistake, cant they tell who really needs medicines? and if the proper people is getting medicine they need and willing to suffer and sale there medicine for money we have a much greater problem in south east Ky then drugs the region is dieing financially The United states Needs to do something fast children cant starve people have to eat and thrive. why dont you take a look at some of the homes and cars that Dr's live in and drive maby things are out of balance schools in Kentucky should teach all students to take vital signs at home train them in health care basics blood pressure,temp,heart rate,blood sugars levels,at home.

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