UPDATE Drug roundup in Laurel County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Before sunrise several people were arrested by the Laurel County Sheriff's Department on drug trafficking charges.

The sheriff's department continued their war on drugs with a drug roundup in Laurel County.

22 of the 25 suspects the sheriff's department had arrest warrants for were taken into custody.

Some who were arrested said they did not sell drugs.

"No mam, it wasn't my plan. They found them over the hill in the woods. Ain't none of them mine," said 20-year-old Brien Vann, who was arrested for drug trafficking.

Others did not say anything.

The sheriff says the majority of drugs rounded up were prescription pills.

"Drugs is the number one problem here in the county. I feel I can see the end of the tunnel. We still have a lot of work to do. And we're not going to let up now," said John Root, Laurel County Sheriff.

The sheriff says the public has played a big role in the roundup.

"We still get a lot of calls and complaints from the citizens here in the county on drug trafficking, and that's really helped us," said Sheriff Root.

The sheriff's department plans to have another roundup before the end of the year.

The sheriff says drugs are the number one problem in Laurel County, which is why these roundups are necessary.


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  • by shane Location: eastbernstadt on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM
    Like another viewer said,they are will be back out on our streets in no time at all.Mostly the ones who are let go are the informants.I guess you are alllowed to sell as long as you tell
  • by Lithium on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Follow the money trail. X gets busted for a few pills, pays fine and charges, money in, sent to rehab, money in. Rehabs are really easy to set up, so County officials,lawyers, doctors, Joe Blow thats married to the mayors daughter, etc. all get in on a piece of the pie. Supposedly rehabbed person gets released back to public, and repeats all the above. Self-sustained money making machine, very similar to organized crime pain clinics. Like when all the coke and crack was coming into US in the 80's. Most of the money was used to support the contras in Nicaragua, and another reason they let the flow of opium continue from Afghanistan. You'll bust up some of it, but never all, so the consumer keeps buying ,all set up by your US Government. Genuis!!
  • by Unjustice Location: in this wonderful city on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    You it is wonderful that they are busting drugdealers and all but what is sad is the ones that get busted are going to be right back out on the street in a week a month at he most, and it is sad that somepeople can sell wide open and never get busted don't that just make you wanna say Hmm
  • by brad on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    I completely agree with Ronnie. The "light at the end of the tunnel" may make some people feel warm and fuzzy, but anyone with an IQ over 20 knows that this problem will not go away. The "war on drugs" is the most colossal failure of any policy in the history of this country. It's time to re-think how society is dealing with this problem because the status quo is clearly NOT WORKING!!
  • by Dave Location: Lex on Sep 17, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    In lieu of putting folks in jail for personal use drugs, I wish they would just put the users name on a " no free ride " list, banning them from any form of public assistance, welfare, unemployment monies of any kind.
  • by know hem on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    vann told me they found 2 plants back in july and they just cut them down and went on, he dont sell drugs. it could have been the homes next to hem. why get hem now? why not then if they think it was hem. looks like to me london just wounted a big number of arrest, and make a show. we have had people grow it on us before and we called the police to get it off of us. the same can happen to you.
  • by Arnold Location: London on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    finally a real Sheriff that wants to enforce the law. Can't wait for the next election so I can vote for you again
  • by Ronnie Location: Eastern KY on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Sheriff Root, you and your department are to be commended for your efforts in the fight/war against drugs. However lets be realistic, you as well as I, know there is no light at the end of the tunnel on this drug problem that faces our country and state. Drugs in some form have always been around and will always be around. Your staement(if you where quoted correctly) sounded like a politician asking to be re-elected. Let your actions speak for you and your department and you won't have to politic for the vote.
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      by concerned on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to Ronnie
      I also think that there is more to being a good sherrif than just simply busting drug dealers. They need to also be caring to all people. If they can offer numbers to help centers and rehabs to people that want help. Come out when somones needs to talk to them, be a friend to their community. Alot of sherrifs act like its all a race to see who gets the most drug dealers, but there is more to being a good sherrif than just that.
  • by BOB on Sep 16, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    THIS OUGHT TO BE THE HEADLINE FOR ALOT MORE COUNTIES IN KENTUCKY. WE ARE ALL SURROUNDED BY THESE PILL TRASH, AND I APPLAUD LAUREL COUNTY'S EFFORTS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHY ARE MORE COUNTIES NOT PUTTING FORTH THE SAME EFFORT?
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      by Citizen on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:58 AM in reply to BOB
      Bob, I dont know if you have read the papers lately, but alot of counties have been doing the same thing. There have been several drug busts in SE Kentucky lately. Most every co around has a meth bust every week, and lets face it, meth is destroying this place.

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