LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Police have spent the past nine months targeting drug dealers and sellers in one part of the city.
Last Thursday, a police investigation closed off part of a road near downtown.
Police were going door to door in a two-block section of the East End neighborhood, while a helicopter searched above.
Monday we learned it was part of Operation Transformation. A nine month investigation focusing on illegal drug activity that's had dozens of arrests. Police say this drug investigation is essential in cutting down on the recent gun violence.
There are three phases in this operation and Thursday's phase served 11 indictments, which included 25 charges of trafficking controlled substances and 8 persistent felony offenders.
Police say they made 13 arrests that day, putting what they call "prolific drug dealers" behind bars.
"These transactions took place on the streets in front of the neighbors, in front of the children and it has a direct impact on their quality of life and if we can address that, then we can have an affect on that quality of life as well," said Lt. Scott Blakely, Lexington Division of Police.
In all, there have been 55 arrests in Operation Transformation, according to police.