Seven Arrested in Drug Round Up

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

From prescription pills to cocaine, officers set out to arrest nearly a dozen people they say were selling drugs on the streets of south eastern Kentucky.

Barbourville police officers say about a year and a half ago, they noticed an increase in the city's drug problem. But the round up is a sign they are determined to get those drugs off their streets.

Officers arrested seven of about a dozen suspected dealers.

Officer Brian Senters says, "A couple of them are saying they're trying to support their own habits, a couple of them are saying they're just trying to make ends meet."

Assistant Police Chief Bill Swafford says, "We are in a continuing process to eliminate, or try to eliminate, drug use, drug activity within our city."

And the successful round up forced the local jail to close for nearly an hour.

"We were processing them here faster than they could process them at the jail, at the same time, the jail was getting people ready for court, so it kind of clogged the system up," says Senters.

Senters says you may be surprised to find out who is using the drugs.

"Trying to protect our kids. we're in a war, it's not getting any better, the younger kids are getting hooked younger and younger," says Senters.

Senters says he's seen children as young as 12 years old addicted to drugs. He hopes the latest round up will stop the problem at its source.

"We're not going to actively pursue grandma, however when grandma's dope is ending up in the hands of kids, then she becomes a problem," says Senters.

The police chief says round ups like this one are just another sign to those drug dealers that they will be caught.

Because of budget cuts, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement helped Barbourville City Police with transports to the jail.

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  • by Father Truth Location: Mountaintop on Oct 2, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    Round them up then let them go the wheels of justice gos round and round
  • by Gladdy Location: Barbourville on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:55 AM
    Takes time and proof to build a case. No sense in arresting them if you got nothing to hold them on.
  • by clara Location: ky on Oct 2, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    maybe they should look into their own department
  • by glad Location: next door on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    If people would watch thay. would know drugs are coming from old people with state med cards thay don,t take thearself thay won;t fast cash .and God will get reveng
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Oct 1, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    That year and a half allowed more people to become addicted.I know catching the big guy is the best.But damage control of our kids and youth is first priorty.waiting a year and a half is a long time to START arresting people.Get them off the streets as Quickly as possable.But maybe they needed clients for the drug programs,that are popping up all over ky.not that they are bad,but all that can be prevented is that many more that won't wind up in a cemetary.we all no with drugs you either bottom out or drop out,later being the worst scenaro.pervention is the hope of stoping kids from becomming addicts.but there are no alternatives for the high here in rural Ky.every where everybody is so depressed.economic care cost,and drugs seem to be the prefured choice for a quick fix.bad choice of course.drug courts only work if the addict wants to get off of his or her drug.but i no somebody has to try something.its a tough call.Priority's must decide Priority's
  • by keith Location: pineville on Oct 1, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    IF grandma is selling drugs go after her too. ANY AND ALL drug dealers ARE TRASH, and need to be taken off the streets. drugs lead to stealing and that leads to bigger crimes.. come on people get REAL.....
  • by Sara Location: Bell County on Oct 1, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    To Clyde: You should read more carefully. It said a year and a half ago they (the police) noticed an increase in the city's drug problem. It doesn't say it took them a year and a half to catch seven people. Where is your support for the local police anyways?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    was any of the deputies girlfriends arrested????????????
  • by Clyde Location: Letcher County on Oct 1, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    Ok so it took 1 1/2 years to catch 7 people for selling pills. What did the cops do in their other spare time. I just can't believe it took 1 1/2 years to do this.


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