Officers arrest 29 in early morning drug roundup

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. Six different police departments teamed up this morning to give some folks in Harlan County an early morning wake-up call.

Police say over 60 indictments were available for various drug trafficking charges. So far 29 arrests have been made.

Law enforcement officers went out bringing in suspected drug dealers in the Tri-City area.

Those arrested were taken to the Harlan Police Department for processing then off to jail.

Officials say they will continue searching for those they did not get, and hope some will turn themselves in.

"A lot of times it's the same people," says Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas, "We know where they are. We know how to come across them. We'll get them eventually."

Friday was an accumulation of nine months of undercover investigations conducted by Operation UNITE officers.

Those officers and police all share the same goal.

"We're doing everything we can to stop the drug problem and it's all about trying to stop the problem, it's not about the number of people we can arrest," said Operation UNITE officer Paul Hays,"It's about stopping the drug problem. That's what we're concerned about and we're doing everything we can to make that happen. "

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