SOMERSET -- Kyle Miller, 26, of Somerset pled guilty to five counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Pulaksi Circuit Court on Thursday, February 8, according to Pulaski County Commonwealth¹s Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery.
According to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton, the charges against Miller were the direct result of a multi-agency investigation into cocaine trafficking in Pulaski County that led to grand jury indictments in October 2006.
Dalton stated that on five occasions in 2006, an informant was able to purchase a total of 19.9 grams of crack cocaine for a total of $2100. These buys took place at a variety of locations around Pulaski County including the Oak Hill Food Mart, the Oak Hill Chevron Station, the parking lot of Cracker Barrel, as well as Miller¹s Adam Street residence.
Following Miller¹s plea of guilty, Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette remanded Miller into custody pending final sentencing on March 16 at 10 a.m.
Dalton stated that in exchange for Miller¹s plea of guilty, the Commonwealth would recommend 10 years imprisonment for Miller¹s numerous trafficking offenses. Montgomery noted that although Miller had very little criminal history to speak of prior to this charge, the sheer number of charges and occurrences in this indictment demand a lengthy sentence of imprisonment.
Montgomery noted that Operation UNITE, the Pulaski County Sheriff¹s Office, the Somerset Police Department, the DEA, the U.S. Forestry Service, and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force all participated in the multi-agency investigation into the organized sale of crack cocaine in Pulaski County.
Miller¹s case grew out of that investigation.
Montgomery stated that any further charges as to the organized sale of crack cocaine would be handled as part of Operation UNITE¹s prosecution initiative.
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org
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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed
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