Troopers Focus On Highways, Find Drugs

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

State police are stepping up their presence on highways in several counties, leading to dozens of arrests and even taking some drugs off the streets.

It's called the criminal interdiction detail. In January, troopers at the Hazard Post started aggressively targeting specific areas each day.

We found what starts as a traffic stop can lead to much more.

Since taking over as Post Commander in November, Captain Scott Miller says it did not take long to identify the needs of his five-county area. Right away, he saw two deadly crashes resulting in murder and DUI charges.

"I also noticed a large number of overdoses. one right after another. Sometimes two in a day," said Miller.

He then reached out to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and other special operations units for extra help.

"It's a matter of reaching out to these contacts and resources to follow up on these things," added Miller.

He says the aggressive traffic enforcement often times will lead to much more because most criminals utilize a vehicle to carry out their business.

"If we're out here on this level then we can do what we need to here. Qe can show a presence," said Miller.

"Everyone knows that lives around here that obviously we have a drug problem, and a lot of times when we do traffic stops there will be some indicators that we notice and end up getting drug evidence out of the vehicle," said Trooper Jennifer Sandlin.

Troopers say one stop on Tuesday took more than two ounces of cocaine out of commission. Information received during another, led to two more arrests later in the night. Michael Deaton is charged with trafficking a controlled substance. Stacy Combs was wanted on parole violation.

"I want the community to know that if they call us we're going to do something with it and we're follow through with it and make sure something is getting done," added Miller.

He says the detail serves a dual purpose, by cutting off drug suppliers and making these roads safer places to travel.

Troopers say at least two of these stops result in drug charges each day.

Since January, the detail has led to more than 70 DUI arrests and taken thousands of illegal prescription pills off the streets.

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  • by carol Location: malone on Mar 7, 2009 at 12:20 AM
    I think they smuggle all the drugs under all that coal thats a loaded eight teen wheeler on high way 80. I here that on the C.B radios all the time. the d.o.t. searches all the trucks but not under all the coal thats hauled. I think they need or make them dump all the coal out in the road an brang thier dope sniffin muts to catch these coal haulers
  • by anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    One tried to focus my wife.
  • by Jack Location: Kentucky on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    I have a solution to this issue. Drive the speed limit and obey traffic laws. Read the paper with all the drug stuff in them everday, and see if you can conclude the police are doing too much... We must be behind our police.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    They thought of a way people would believe them why they was pulled over and got a traffic ticket :) .. Come on Frankfort is going broke! I can't do my 80 Mph up 119 anymore because all these cops .. What gets me is they stay close together.
  • by simple solution on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Legalize marijuana and tax it like tobacco. That tax revenue could then be applied to drug treatment and counseling for all of the people whose lives are being ruined by methamphetamine and oxycodone. Young people around this state are dropping like flies to overdoses, and those who haven't overdosed yet are resorting to home invasions to get their drugs and money.
  • by Cathey Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    This is facts twisted to give the public a false sense of public saftey. Few realize how short handed are troopers are. In the WHOLE state there is less than 275 troopers on patrol. The rest are in admin., special assignments our have left the state police for other agencies offering better benifits and working conditions. troopers can no longer even be found in many of or Kentucky counties. The politics of Frankfort have let another good service for the citizens of Kentucky all but dry up and vanish. Hope you are lucky and live in a area with good city police or sherrif, cause the state police are about gone.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    Mike, What difference does it make? If you are a law abiding citizen why worry? Man with some people its [edited] if you do it or [edited] if they do it?? Let them stop people if they find drugs good for them..sheeeeeeeesh
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Keep your eyes on HWY 75 coming in from TN and Ohio, they are running drugs thru there about once a week. Also 64 in from WV.
  • by Observer Location: East KY on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Yes, Mike..I agree. If they spent as much time looking for druggies as harassing trucks, etc. all the drugs would be gone. These truckers are trying to work for a living. It is getting harder and harder when the cops lay-in-wait every day. It makes me mad every time I travel 80 from Hazard to Prestonsburg. You will see numerous vehicles pulled over...every time a truck or commercial vehicle...the very people who are supporting our economy..WORKING PEOPLE!!
  • by TJ Location: Monticello on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Legalize pot. Go after hard drugs.
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