Police arrested two former Manchester officers Tuesday on drug-trafficking charges following a six-month undercover investigation.
Randall Dodson, 47, who had been a patrolman with the Manchester Police Department, and former Sgt. Scotty D. Sandlin, 37, were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, according to a news release from Operation UNITE.
Both men had left the police force years ago, Manchester Police Chief Chris Fultz said.
Fultz said both men had hurt their backs and were on disability. Sandlin may have gotten addicted to pain pills prescribed to him and started selling drugs to feed his habit, Fultz said.
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"It's sad how life has turned for them," Fultz said of the two former officers.
Police used undercover informants to make drug buys from both former officers, Fultz said.
Operation UNITE and Manchester police did the investigation, which resulted in charges against 15 people.
Many lived near the Clay County courthouse, according to a news release.
Most of the people were charged with illegally diverting prescription pain pills and Xanax.
Officers from UNITE, the Manchester department, the Clay County Sheriff's Office, state police and the U.S. Marshals Service fanned out to look for suspects about 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers had arrested 10 of the 15 suspects by early afternoon and planned to continue looking for the others.
Fultz said one man wanted in the case had gone to Florida, apparently to obtain pills.
Pain clinics in Florida have been a key source of pain pills diverted for abuse and illegal sale in Kentucky.