80 people sought in drug round up

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – A year long investigation in Pulaski County resulted in 80 people being sought in a drug round up, according to Somerset Police. Investigators say more than 35 officers from multiple agencies gathered Thursday to begin executing 80 drug-related arrest warrants.

Police say there were 17-counts between the 80 defendants. Investigators say most of the reported transactions involved the sale of prescription medication.

“Illicit drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription medication are the root of most of our criminal problems,” said Chief of Police Doug Nelson. “It takes a cooperative effort among our area law enforcement and the community to combat this dangerous issue.”

The investigation was conducted by the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Somerset Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Pulaski County Attorney’s Office, along with the cooperation of the Somerset Housing Authority.

“A number of the transactions took place inside the Colonial Village apartment complex and would not have been possible if not for the cooperation of the Somerset Housing Authority,” commented Robbie Clark, Executive Director of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force.

“We have been working closely and cooperatively with the law enforcement agencies involved in this ongoing investigation,” said Somerset Housing Authority Executive Director Robin Wheeldon. “We applaud these agencies for their efforts today to combat the drug problems in our community.”

The following agencies assisted during the round up in tracking down and arresting the defendants: the Somerset Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Pulaski County Detention Center, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office Department of Criminal Investigations, as well as the Science Hill, Eubank, Ferguson Police Departments.

If you have tips on drug dealers or criminal activity in your community, please utilize any of the Somerset Police Department 24-Hour Crime Tip Line at (606) 676-TIPS, or use the See-Hear-Report text-a-tip program. Send a new text message from your cell phone to “CRIMES” and include “SOMERSETPD” and the information about the tip. In either case, you may remain confidential and anonymous.

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