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Police raid neighborhood as part of drug roundup

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Police took over a central Kentucky neighborhood Thursday afternoon, in a major raid that even included federal agents.

The area around U.S. 460 and Cypress in Paris was blocked off most of the afternoon, and it caused plenty of concern for people who live nearby.

Authorities aren't saying much about the raid so far.

But 27 NEWSFIRST has learned it's part of a drug roundup.

Kentucky State Police, authorities with Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and Paris police are among those involved.

People were seen being led away in handcuffs, ad police went door-to-door checking i.d.'s. They also stopped traffic and blocked streets.

Much of the attention was focused on a building with a sign reading 'Oliver's Grocery,' located at the intersection of Williams street and 7th street. Police say the property has been a problem-area for drug activity in the past.

Some neighbors say they are happy police are doing something about the drug problem.

"You can't even drive down the street at night without someone jumping out, thinking you want to buy drugs, and you don't," said Rita Penny, who lives in the neighborhood, "I think the biggest problem is crack and pills."

Penny hopes the streets will be a little safer now.

"It needed to be done," Penny said.

There's no word yet on how many arrests have been made.

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