Drug probe targets arrest of 33 in Kentucky
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:00 AM
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Carrollton Police Department and the Kentucky State Police coordinated a drug bust early this morning spanning Carroll, Trimble and Gallatin counties.
The departments had 33 warrants to serve as the result of grand jury indictments issued Monday. All the warrants contained charges of trafficking in a controlled substance. The drugs being trafficked included heroin and prescription pills such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and oxycotin.
An undercover investigation began in July in which several undercover informants bought from the people arrested, Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said. Anonymous tips from the sheriff's website also helped inform the police, he said.
During the investigation in Carroll County, informants bought 150 pills with a street value of $1,400 and $300 worth of heroin, Kinman said. A strong opiate called Opana was the only drug that officers had hoped to obtain but were unable to, he said.
"Prescription pills is a problem we've had for a while," Kinman said. "We're not going to tolerate it in this county."
Twenty-one officers participated in serving the warrants, splitting into four teams. Other teams included detectives for interviewing the suspects, a K-9 Unit and a female KSP trooper who accompanied any female suspects who were arrested.
The officers did not obtain search warrants for the suspects, but instead asked them for permission to search the home when the warrant was served. During searches of some suspects' homes, drugs were found.
"We found heroin and marijuana," Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite said. "A lot of the homes have children, too."
Some of the suspects' cars were confiscated if they were used to traffic the drugs.
Kinman said that Carroll County definitely has a drug problem police are trying to stop.
"This is a countywide problem. (Informants) bought drugs all over the county," Kinman said. "We do believe drugs are at the root of a lot of thefts and burglaries in the county, although there is no tie to these charges right now."
All those arrested are being held at the Carroll County Detention Center and will be arraigned Thursday.