Drug trafficking charges have been filed on a Knott County man following an investigation by Operation UNITE.
On Thursday, March 22, detectives arrested 39-year-old Riley Noble of Emmalena on one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance based upon the latest undercover purchase of Methadone during their three-month investigation.
Knott County Sheriff Ray Bolin and Deputy Robbie Slone assisted UNITE in serving a search warrant on Noble¹s Montgomery Creek Road home about 4 p.m.
While no drugs were found during the search, police did confiscate $513 in cash believed to be tied to illegal drug transactions.
"The support and assistance from Sheriff Bolin and his department has been excellent," said Mike Luttrell, manager of UNITE's Kentucky River Drug Task Force. "We really appreciate his cooperation."
Noble is currently on supervised release as a registered sex offender for two counts of second-degree sodomy.
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)