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Still many questions following massive drug roundup

We could learn more details Friday about a major raid in a central Kentucky neighborhood, that included federal agents.

It's being called the biggest drug bust in the history of Paris.

Community members say drugs are rampant in the area, and they're glad something's being done to curb the problem.

While authorities are not releasing information on the specifics of the roundup, 27 NEWSFIRST has learned around 30 people have been arrested so far.

Sources say one of those people was the owner of Oliver's Grocery Store, which is at the corner of 7th and Williams Streets in Paris.

Police say the property has been a problem area for drug activity in the past.

27 NEWSFIRST was there Thursday night when the owner's car was towed away.

Kentucky State Police, along with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms authorities took over the neighborhood Thursday, blocking streets, stopping traffic, checking IDs, and putting people in handcuffs.

Officials say this is still an ongoing investigation.

Friday morning, we spoke with a pastor in Paris, who says he knows some of the people arrested and has tried to get many of those involved in drugs in the neighborhood to turn their lives around.

"It's just a repeated thing," Pastor Morgan Gilkey said. "The cycle has to be broken, and maybe some of these guys will get out and not go back. That is my prayer and that's what I am hoping."

We also contacted the U.S. Attorney's office for this region, along with the mayor of Paris.

Neither would comment at this time because of the sensitivity of this ongoing investigation.

City officials say they will comment about the investigation once it's finished.


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