FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Sheriff Marvin Lipfird and his deputies
rounded up 20 more drug dealers last week in Harlan County and
confiscated another load of prescription painkillers destined for
eastern Kentucky's black market.
The drug problem, Lipfird said, just doesn't seem to be going
away, despite the best efforts of local, state and federal
"We need more personnel," said Lipfird, who has seven deputies
helping him patrol an expansive mountain county that has been
ravaged by illegal drugs and by increases in other crimes addicts
commit to get money to feed their habits.
"There's not one family in this county that has not been
affected by the drug problem, whether directly or indirectly,"
Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and his Democratic challenger,
Steve Beshear, say they have strategies to help Kentucky
communities hit hard by illegal drugs. Both are promising to
continue the war on drugs if they win the Nov. 6 election.
Lipfird and other sheriffs in rural counties hope that
translates into more money to hire deputies for the front lines.