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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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