Police use road blocks to look for drugs

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police in Floyd County hit the streets on Wednesday looking for drugs.
Officers say new Kentucky laws designed to reduce jail over-crowding made undercover operations too expensive, so they are changing how they fight the war on drugs.

Wednesday afternoon, police set-up a safety checkpoint in Auxier, a community police say gets a lot of drug complaints.

Officers checked every car and driver on Route 3051. In just the first hour, they arrested three people on suspicion of being under the influence.

"If you can get one drunk driver off the road, it helps, maybe save my life or someone else's life," said Sheriff John K. Blackburn.

The checkpoint was a welcome sight to some living in Auxier.

"I'm glad to see them do it myself. Maybe they'll get rid of a lot of drugs, thieves, it just needs to be done," said Ed Bowers.

The checkpoint is part of the new Floyd County drug interdiction program designed to find drug dealers and abusers.

"The way the new laws are, it's harder to get out and do undercover buys. The expenses are kind of out our range at this time, so we're going to high visibility, drug intervention type deals and combine our forces with all law enforcement," said Bryan Hall, Prestonsburg Police Assistant Chief.

"So maybe they'll come through our road check and get arrested," said Sheriff Blackburn.

Police say Wednesday's checkpoint is just the first of many. They are planning many more events in other areas of Floyd County.

The goal is to take more drugs and alleged dealers off the streets.

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