Community Says It’s Had Enough

By: Jon Sonnheim
By: Jon Sonnheim

A Perry County community says it has had enough and it is ready for a change.

This comes after Operation UNITE recently conducted a drug roundup in their neighborhoods.

Following the arrests a community wide meeting was held Friday night aimed at organizing citizens into taking a stand.

It's called Operation Hot Spot, an Operation UNITE program focusing on not only arresting dealers out of drug infested communities, but coming back to those communities and making sure those drug dealers are not being replaced.

The Busy, Yerkes, and Willard areas of Perry County were the focus of the Hot Spot meeting.

Sixteen drug dealers are off the streets in the Busy, Yerkes, and Willard communities of Perry County.

"We've had stuff stolen out of our front yard, right next to our bedroom window and it's drug dealers that does it. You know it is, but how can you prove it," Brenda Sampsell said.

Officials with Operation UNITE hope to rid communities of that feeling of helplessness and this will empower them to stand up and take back control, of the neighborhoods they call home...

UNITE officials know this is a task they can't do alone.

"It falls on the community, it falls on the people that actually live there. If things are gona be different, then the community's gotta make the changes," Cathy Stout said.

In Busy, Yerkes, and Willard some are saying those 16 arrests are numbers they can build upon.

This is UNITE's second Hot Spot roundup. The first occurred this past August in the Verda community of Harlan County.

Officials say they are seeing progress there, and the community is responding saying this program is working.


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