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Lynch drug bust with more arrests to come

An eight month investigation on a major drug trafficking ring in Harlan County lead police officials to two men from out of state.

Both men were put behind bars on Friday but now one is out on bond.

Four agencies in Harlan County teamed up to put what they call "drug pushers" behind bars.

26-year-old Mohamed Abdulle and 29-year-old Dorian Cockrel were arrested on charges of first degree drug trafficking of a controlled substance.

"We know that the crack cocaine was being brought in. What we did was we surveillanced several times and then we finally located the individuals that were bringing the cocaine into the region," said Dan Smoot, an Operation UNITE Deputy Officer.

Officials seized nearly 3,000 dollars worth of cocaine from a home in Lynch.

Eight months of investigation led police officials to the two men, and they are still investigating.

"More arrests will be made in the future we do believe," said Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley.

Nunley says this major drug ring includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and maybe even a few states up north.

Officials say their main goal is to make a large dent in the drug problem.

"It makes it safer for the kids and safer for the community as we believe most of the crimes that are committed are related to drugs," said Chief Nunley.

Cockrel was released on bond, but Nunley says Abdulle is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Abdulle is from Tennessee, and Cockrel is from Alabama.

The City of Lynch and the City of Benham Police, Operation UNITE, and the Harlan County Sheriff's Department are continuing to work together on this investigation.


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