Hunt gives R’ville Council update on task force activity

By Chris Cooper - [email protected]

Explaining the operations and a little history of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), director Jacky Hunt attended the Tuesday, May 17 meeting of the Russellville City Council.

Hunt introduced himself to the council first, explaining his 25 years of service in law enforcement, and telling of his retirement from the Kentucky State Police working in the narcotics division. Hunt is not from Logan County and therefore considers himself in a good position.

“I am not a political person,” said Hunt. “I have no ties to this area which prevent me from going after anyone who is dealing in drugs here. I am here to work for you. The drug task force is your force and the agents are working hard to eliminate illegal drug abuse and the sale of illegal drugs in this community.”

The SCKDTF was organized in 2004. Before that, Hunt said, local agencies worked on the drug problem, as did the state police and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). When the task force came about, it became a much more organized effort, and cracking down on the drug problem became a combined force of numerous state and federal agencies.

Hunt said when the task force became a reality, which serves Logan and Simpson counties and the cities of Russellville and Franklin, the agency hit the ground running.

“Drug dealers don’t have borders,” said Hunt, who explained to council members the task force worked with agencies all over the country.

Hunt told some of the task force highlights for 2016. Some of them included intercepting packages through the United States Postal Service.

“A lot of drug dealers are now attempting to send their dope through the mail,” said Hunt. “We intercepted a high grade of marijuana from Oregon this year, that went through Logan County into the City of Franklin. We confiscated numerous pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value between $4,000-$5,000 a pound.”

The task force found the source out of Oregon and through working with law enforcement there, found another eight pound package of marijuana coming in, which has lead to a search by the US Postal Inspectors and ATF. “This shows you how big it is,” said Hunt.

A few weeks later, Hunt said the SCKDTF did surveillance on a Mexican national in Tennessee. Agents followed him from Simpson County into Warren County and found a very large amount of crystal methamphetamine. The individual was part of drug cartel in Mexico.

A few weeks after, yet another Mexican national was caught with over eight pounds of marijuana and 61 hydrocodone pills with a street value of approximately $24,000.

“We have made numerous undercover drug buys in 2016, and we utilize education to help inform the community on what to look for in illegal drug activity,” Hunt said adding, if you are a church or civic club and want a member of the task force to come speak about illegal drugs, get a hold of the task force and they can schedule a visit.

“The main drug in Logan County right now is crystal methamphetamine,” said Hunt. “It’s not coming from local meth labs as much now, as it is from other states originating from Mexico. Another problem is prescription drugs.”

Hunt told the council the task force appreciated all the support they got and reminded them the task force is here to help and serve.

By Chris Cooper

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To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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