UNITE Website Nets Second Fugitive In Eight Days

Garrard County Deputy Willie Skeens was scanning the "Most Wanted" section of Operation UNITE's website Sunday, February 18, when he ran across a familiar name.

"I was just looking out of curiosity because we don't have anything like
that up here," said Skeens, who grew up in Pike County. "I saw his name and date of birth. I called to the other deputies and said you won't believe whose name is on here."

That person was 35 year old Victor Reed, who has been wanted on Letcher County drug charges since late 2005.

Now a resident of Martin Luther King Road in Lancaster, Reed is well known to law enforcement officers in Garrard County as "a person of interest" in other cases, Skeens said.

After obtaining warrants from UNITE, police arrested Reed at his home on Tuesday, February 20. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Detention Center pending transfer to Letcher County.

On September 30, 2005, Reed sold a quantity of Hydrocodone to an undercover UNITE detective. He was subsequently indicted for second degree trafficking in a controlled substance and was unable to be located during two UNITE roundups conducted in November and December.

This was the second time in 8 days an alert visitor to Operation UNITE's
website has led to the apprehension of a wanted person who had moved outside the Fifth Congressional District.

On February 10 a Somerset woman attending her child's basketball game in Lexington recognized 35 year old Paula Barrier Edwards as one of UNITE's 10 most wanted suspects sitting in the auditorium. The woman had been looking at the website just days earlier.

After confirming her status using Internet access available at the gym, a
Fayette County Deputy Sheriff placed her under arrest on drug charges dating to late 2004. She was subsequently transferred to Wayne County to answer an indictment for first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at
www.operationunite.org.

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" 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 $33.1 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past three years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

Drug Tip Hotline ­1-866-424-4382
Treatment Referral Hotline 1-866-90-UNITE (1-866-908-6483)


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