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Deputies target suspected drug dealers in Harlan County

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Deputies in Harlan County are turning up the heat on summer drug dealers! Monday many of those suspected drug dealers got an unwelcome wake-up call.

"Man I ain't been selling nothing man, and you get that picture of out my face," said one of those arrested.

Most folks in handcuffs did not want to talk to us. Deputies targeted more than 40 people - a mix of those who have been in the business for a while and others who just started selling.

"We have some repeat offenders, have some first time dealers also," said Marvin Lipfird, Harlan County Sheriff.

Lipfird said deputies made buys of all sorts of drugs, from pills to marijuana. One man would not say whether he was guilty or not.

"May have (been selling drugs), don't know. They say a lot of things," he said.

One by one those arrested were led into the courthouse. We gave them all a chance to defend themselves, but our invitation was often hastily rejected.

"Dude, I will kick you in the (bleep). I'm going to jail anyway," said one of the suspects.

The suspects were taken to the Harlan County Detention Center. The sheriff said the arrests come after a very lengthy investigation process.

Evarts Police and Lynch Police assisted the county officers with the roundup.

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