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KSP Announces Increased Drug Interdiction Efforts

Date of Release: 11/10/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -The Kentucky State Police announces numerous drug interdiction and drug investigation case results as the department continues efforts to reduce the availability of narcotics across the Commonwealth. Some major cases investigated by the department include:

- Troopers from Post 12-Frankfort seized four (4) pounds of processed marijuana, two (2) pounds of Methamphetamine, 25 grams of cocaine as a result of a traffic stop in Shelby County, with a total street value of over $50,000.
-Troopers from Post 7-Richmond as a result of an on-going investigation conduct a traffic stop on a suspect vehicle leading to the seizure of over 800 pounds of processed marijuana in Jessamine County, with a total street value of over $750,000.
-Troopers from Post 11-London, while conducting a traffic safety checkpoint, seized 20 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of over $20,000 in Laurel County.
-Troopers from Post 16-Henderson conducted a drug investigation resulting in the seizure of 20.3 ounces (1.270 lbs.) of crack-cocaine in Union County.
-Over 500,000 cultivated marijuana plants eradicated across Kentucky in 2005, with a street value of over One (1) billion dollars.

"The efforts of the Kentucky State Police, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state have enhances the safety of our citizens by removing these destructive drugs and criminals from our communities," praised KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "As law enforcement has increased its efforts, local drug channels are impacted."

In addition to on-going investigative work, the Kentucky State Police is boosting the department's drug interdiction program on roadways which includes additional officers receiving specialized training. "The goal of this program is to cut off the supply routes used by those smuggling drugs into the Commonwealth", according to Lt. Colonel Dean Hayes, Director of Operations for the department. "This will not be an easy task. With the network of major roads and interstate highways crossing our state, the potential for transportation of narcotics is great." Currently, 60 troopers have completed a special drug interdiction program designed to provide additional knowledge about drug smuggling techniques used on our highways. Additional troopers will attend the training next week. The department also has K-9 teams at each of the 16 state police posts trained specifically for narcotics work.

To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, 1-800-DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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