Two dozen are charged in Breathitt County drug roundup

bestep@herald-leader.comJanuary 5, 2011 

Police have arrested more than a dozen people in a drug roundup in Breathitt County following a six-month investigation, according to a news release.

Many of the alleged prescription-drug dealers targeted in the roundup were identified based on tips from concerned citizens reporting suspicious behavior, said Dan Smoot, law-enforcement director for Operation UNITE.

Through November, Breathitt County residents had placed 816 calls to UNITE's tip line.

"In many instances information we receive from the public makes the difference in whether we're able to get these dealers off the street," Smoot said in a release from UNITE.

Two dozen people were charged in the investigation, which was carried out by Operation UNITE and the Jackson Police Department.

Police started finding and arresting those charged early Wednesday. Thirteen were in custody by early afternoon and police will continue looking for the others.

The number for Operation UNITE's drug tip line is 1-866-424-4382.

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