Hundreds Arrested On Drug Charges

Law enforcement agencies in Kentucky have conducted a massive undercover drug sting. The operation took place all last week, just ending on Sunday.

Police say they made 491 arrests in a collective effort that involved law enforcement officials from all across the state.

Police say they can catch accused drug dealers as long as the money's there to pay for the police crackdown.

Each of the busts has a story behind it. One story, from Bullet County, involves a baby hooked on cocaine. Police arrested the mother during the Byrne Operation and put the baby in the care of her grandmother.

But officials worry the funding to arrest those allegedly using drugs is running low. The federal Byrne program is considered a necessity to most counties. In Fayette County alone, the Byrne Operation netted 16 arrests, seized 115 pounds of marijuana and 4 vehicles.

Officials say meth labs are actually down 50 percent, but now crack cocaine use and illegal prescription drug use is up.

The Edward Byrne grant program is named for a New York City police officer killed at a young age by organized drug traffickers.


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  • by Kathy Location: Lexington on May 1, 2007 at 04:00 PM
    Until there is a way to monitor prescription drugs, this will continue. There are those who sell there prescriptions because they are in need of money, not ever realizing the damage that they are doing, or at least they try not to let it bother them. Prescription Drugs are the next epidemic in KY....
  • by bgb Location: richmond on May 1, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    You know, Will has a point. I'm guessing he's under 30, and therefore the result of parenting like most of us did...to the point of ridiculously spoiling our children materialistically. When we set them up to think the world revolves around them and spend money we don't have to give them every piece of clothing and video game they want, they come to expect that lifestyle and you know what? It doesn't happen out there immediately from just hard work. Dealing drugs is a very easy out and allows them to continue in the lifestyle they've become accustomed to; $250 tennis shoes, $60 video games, etc. We set them up for failure, now we're scratching our heads and wondering why a large portion of these young adults are spoiled, self centered and unable to handle adversity?????
  • by Sam Location: Lexington on May 1, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    Gee Will from cincinnati, I guess you are right about the intelligence test. You do not spell it "arbies." It is spelled "Arby's." Yes sir, you flunked; how many drugs do you take/sell a week?
  • by will Location: cincinnati on Apr 30, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    gee, i can sell drugs and make $1000 a week, have sex with almost any customer, or i can work at mcdonalds or arbies.....maybe the math portion of the state intelligence test isn't being failed after all.....
  • by jeana Location: ky on Apr 30, 2007 at 07:23 PM
    police should crack down on these drug dealers so our kids could not get these drugs....put a STOP to the dr's too

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