Powell Co. man arrested in multi-county drug, gun trafficking investigation

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Powell County man is in jail facing gun and drug charges - and could soon face federal charges - after a multi-county investigation into drug and gun trafficking.

Montgomery County detectives and those in Powell County investigated for more than two weeks, even buying a weapon from the man they were looking to bust, Montgomery Co. Sheriff Fred Shortridge said.

It ended with Adam Hall surrendering to deputies, federal ATF agents and the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team at a home off Frames Branch Road in Powell County, investigators said.

"With the information that we gathered on this subject and his past history, with the possibility of him having weapons on him, that's why we got the SRT involved," Sheriff Shortridge said.

The arrest came as part of a larger investigation into drug and gun trafficking.

Sheriff Shortridge said Hall, a convicted felon, had a fully-automatic MP5 submachine gun that was stolen from someone legally licensed to have it. Investigators also found other weapons, ammunition and methamphetamine.

The arrest is just the latest in a string of meth-related arrests by investigators in Montgomery County.

Sheriff Shortridge said his office teamed up with neighboring Menifee and Powell counties about eight months ago, forming a joint task force to crack down on drugs in the region.

On Friday, four people were charged after investigators seized 50 grams of meth and other pills as part of the multi-county efforts.

Meanwhile, Mt. Sterling Police are cracking down on meth, too. They have launched "Operation Ice Breaker", a roundup of meth arrests stemming from an investigation that has lasted several months, investigators said.

It is all being done to combat a drug that Sheriff Shortridge says investigators there see often.

"We're not going to stop," he said. "If you want to continue selling drugs to our young kids or whoever, look over your shoulder, because we're right behind you."

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