An undercover investigation in Perry County put twelve people behind bars.
Law enforcement officials say they continue to try and rid Perry County of alleged drug dealers.
It was an early unwanted Christmas present for criminals in Perry County.
Operation UNITE along with local law enforcement battled the cold as they went after those who allegedly traffic drugs.
The result of a six month investigation is what landed twelve of eighteen people behind bars Monday morning.
"It's a lengthy process that the average person has no idea. Have no idea how long it is, how tiresome it is and how expensive it is,” Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Eversole said.
With Christmas just around the corner many people turn to drug trafficking just to make an extra buck but officials say it's a year round business.
"If they grow up seeing their dad or their uncle doing it that's one of their goals in life is getting back in the business,” Eversole said.
Eversole believes that vicious cycle must be broken.
"It's going to have to be through education and enforcement. We're going to have to get them off the street and educate them this is not the way to go,” Eversole said.
One way you can do that is through operations like drug round-ups.
Those arrested are being housed in the Kentucky River Regional Jail
Officials say they will continue to look for the people they did not arrest in the roundup.