Drug task force director gives stats for June

There were 37 criminal drug investigations during the month of June, according to the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Director Jacky Hunt.

Hunt gave a brief report at the Tuesday, June 23 fiscal court meeting. According to Hunt there were 10 cases involving methamphetamine, 14 case of marijuana, four for cocaine, one for prescriptions and seven for other drug related issues.

“My agents are working hard everyday,” said Hunt.

Magistrate Dickie Carter inquired about the day-to-day operations at the task force, asking Hunt where his agents spent most of their time and what communities were involved.

Logan and Simpson Counties, as well as the cities of Russellville and Franklin belong to the task force. Hunt told Carter there were certain agents that spent time in certain areas, and he himself goes between Simpson and Logan Counties.

“The good thing about a task force is that when needed, we can all be called together to help on a big case,” said Hunt.

Carter asked if the agents rotated out every two years. Hunt said he had heard that was how it once was done, but hasn’t been that way since he has been director and didn’t think it was necessarily a good idea.

“I feel putting a limit on the amount of time an agent stays is not always good, especially if an agent finds that investigations is their niche,” said Hunt, adding it takes awhile for an agent to become trained in narcotics, and if they rotate out in two years, the task force would lose that resource.

“I have heard sometimes when you work along time with that type of element, you can become one of them,” said Carter.

Hunt said his agents are very good at their job. He said if he had an agent that was giving him problems, he would send them back to their departments.

“I appreciate the job you do. I know I’m critical sometimes, but I appreciate you. I know you have your hands tied sometimes,” said Carter to Hunt.

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