Jerry Smith, director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), reports that agents obtained indictments, arrest warrants and criminal summons on 27 different individuals in Logan County days ago. They, along with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, are hot on the trails of these individuals making arrests and tracking those who have fled.
“We had planned a drug roundup, but we were unable to conceal their identities before hand. Local police agencies along with our agents have been busy looking for these individuals, with some on the run. The agents have been hard at work this summer and we have spent a lot of money trying to rid our community of drug dealers,” said Smith. “I know people want drugs off the streets as soon as possible, but sometimes we have to wait to keep their cover from being blown in our investigations.”
A special grand jury date was set aside for the task force cases.
“Anyone involved in illegal drugs may be on the next list, so now is the time to change your life for the better,” said Smith.
The charges on many of the individuals range anywhere from selling prescription drugs, to selling cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. They are selling every type of drug out there,” said Smith.
Smith says the Task Force has been working on these cases all summer, gathering information and using informants and undercover officers.
“They make buys and then get them on audio and/or video,” said Smith, adding those dealers really never know who they are “dealing” with.
“Some are the same old ones,” said Smith, who has had so many cases come across his desk lately. “We are able to get in with these people a little easier now and plus we have four new agents this year.”
There is still plenty of drugs out there, says Smith, adding he wouldn’t say it’s worse than what it has been. “People are out there trying to make a living off of it and a lot of them are repeat offenders. Usually what happens is they die from drug use or they get so old they can’t do it anymore. They sell it for a little spending money or for use of the product for themselves.”
Smith advises the community to keep a lookout for any unusual activity going on in their neighborhoods, or if they suspect drug trafficking. If you see a lot of vehicles that you normally wouldn’t see in your neighborhoods or areas, keep a watch and contract law enforcement. Do not try to infiltrate yourself. Leave it to the trained officers who do this for a living. Smith says if you live out in the country and see any suspicious vehicles just sitting somewhere in the woods or on an abandon road, or near a barn, this could be drug related and you should call the police.
As always, if you have information on illegal drug activity, call the task force at 725-4972.