Slain Chief Was Trying To Increase Drug Awareness

People say there's a lot to be learned from Police Chief Randy Lacy's murder.

“I think its' going to heighten the awareness of the drug problem we have here,” says Garland Lacy, Randy Lacy’s brother.

Even the accused admits he was on drugs when the bullet was fired that ended Lacy's life. “15 Xanax,” says Jamie Barnett of the drugs he had taken before he was arrested by Chief Lacy Wednesday. “You can get it [at] any corner you go,” he added of the drugs in Clay City. “It's everywhere.”

But Chief Lacy and his brother Garland were trying to change that. They wanted Operation Unite to include Powell County in their drug enforcement and education initiatives.

“His efforts were making headway and things were improving,” says Unite Drug Enforcement Officer Paul Hays.

Unite officials say there's a direct connection between drugs and violence and they say it's so ironic that connection ended Lacy's life.

“Drugs make people unpredictable. And the thing that many people don't realize is the potential is always there for a violent confrontation. We have pharmacy burglaries, thefts, robberies, business thefts, home invasions,” says Hays.


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  • by Barry Location: Floyd county on Jun 16, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    God bless this man for trying to make a change in his community. Drugs are taking over our communities and we need more people like this man who died doing what He believed in. Bless His Soul and His family!
  • by s.s. Location: Clay City on Jun 16, 2007 at 12:02 AM
    I would like to take this time to offer the Lacy family my deepest sympathy and to let them know that our prayers are with them at this time of a great loss. Randy was not just a chief of police, he was a great friend to all who knew him. He loved this town and he loved the people that lived here. He went way above the call of duty for a lot of people and to do a lot of things for the people here. He was always the same when wearing a uniform or when wearing plain clothes. It is such a shame that a trajedy like this has to take place to get people to open their eyes up about the drug problems we have here in our town. You use to feel so safe in our town, but clay city has changed drastically just over the past 5 years. I was so proud of Randy for the effort he took to try to clean our town up. I doubt if any other officer could ever perform the same job as well as Chief of Police Officer Randy Lacy did. Our community has lost a great man and an outstanding officer.
  • by Rose Marie Jonescue Location: St. Petersburg, Fl. on Jun 15, 2007 at 04:36 PM
    We have a major drug and gang problem here, that is in an epidemic classification. The gangs are all involved with the drug operations and leave nothing behind when they decide to kill by drive-by shootings, killing innocent little kids or anyone that is near their bullets. The drug types either selling or using, or both, move into neighborhoods by being renters, and before you know, the drug activities are going on and infesting the community. Usually, what we are dealing with are the Caribbean Islanders and Central Americans and of course the Mexican. All that probably were being run out of their own countries and either sneaked their way in or did phony immigration ways. The other major problem are these so-called "pain management" medical offices, which look so legitimate, and finally found out to be phony as far as there being a real doctor in charge. The other types that can never be above suspicion, are these convenience stores and gas stations, which are never run by real natural born Americans. We have entirely too many, non Americans, running too many gas stations, convenience stores and I have almost forgot that we do have pharmacies here that are in cohoots with these "pain management" medical offices. It will never stop, as our Federal Government could care less. Our United States of America, this means all of the states, have to "Unite" and make the Law that the selling and using of drugs truly not meant for a person's well being, be a death sentence for the seller and major prison time for the user. The sellers of drugs are nothing but classified as attempted murderers no matter how you look upon them. You all need to get the sweeps going on with the ATF, FBI and all local and state officiers. Make those you have incarcerated, sing like a bird and tell you all the source of their drugs.

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