A nine-month undercover drug trafficking investigation by Operation UNITE resulted in arrest warrants being issued on Friday for 51-people in Harlan County.
“Since 2004, Operation UNITE has conducted more than a dozen round-ups of suspected drug traffickers within Harlan County,” said Paul Hays, law enforcement director for UNITE. “Many of these individuals are habitual offenders who don’t seem to get the message that illegal drug activity will not be tolerated here.”
“There is a terrible problem with prescription pills in this area,” Hays said, adding a majority of the purchases made during the investigation were of the narcotic painkiller Oxycodone.
Suspects who were arrested were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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