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Kentucky State Police Detective Honored with National Award

Date of Release: 12/05/05

(Lexington, KY) - Kentucky State Police Detective Jon Marshall was honored recently with a national award. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) presented Marshall with its' 2005 Investigator of the Year Award at it's 16th national conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The conference had 320 Representatives from 43 states and Canada in attendance.

Charlie Cichon, the Executive Director of NADDI, said, "Detective Marshall was presented with the award specifically for his work on "Operation Special Delivery". Detective Marshall was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation into several Internet Pharmacies. His direct involvement led the seizure of $1.5 million in property and shut down seven Internet pharmacies."

"I am very proud of the great work done by Detective Marshall," says Commissioner Mark Miller. "Detective Marshall utilized his training in drug investigations to locate and shut down several pharmacies that were shipping illegal prescription drugs into our communities here in Kentucky".

Operation Special Delivery was the first investigation into Internet Pharmacies shipping drugs to Kentucky. Operation Special Delivery began in November 2004 with the assistance of Mike Burton an investigator with the Office of Inspector General- Drug Enforcement. Both investigators followed up on a tip that drugs were being purchased on the Internet and shipped to Kentucky through UPS and FedEx. Detective Marshall began investigating online pharmacies that were shipping drugs mainly to eastern Kentucky. Detective Marshall and other investigators flew to Florida, and with the assistance of the DEA and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, served seven federal search warrants which resulted in the closure of those pharmacies. The investigation is continuing in Florida.

As a direct result of this investigation legislation has been passed requiring all Internet pharmacies to report any drug shipments to Kentucky to KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting). This legislation also requires all Internet pharmacies that conduct business in Kentucky to register with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.

Detective Jon Marshall, a 19 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, is assigned to the Drug Enforcement / Special Investigations Branch and currently resides in Boyd County.

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