Woodford County

25 indicted in Woodford drug sting

VERSAILLES — State and local law enforcement officers conducted an early-morning sweep Wednesday throughout Woodford County to arrest about 25 people on drug trafficking charges.

The arrests were the culmination of seven to eight months of investigation into drug trafficking in Versailles, Midway and elsewhere in Woodford County, Versailles police spokesman Pat Melton said. The suspects were indicted by a Woodford County grand jury.

"It's a pretty good-sized wrap-up," Melton said.

State police and the Versailles police department started making arrests about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. By mid-morning, they had arrested about a dozen people, who were taken to Woodford County jail.

Teams of officers stopped in subdivisions and on dead-end streets to serve arrest warrants. At one apartment building, officers escorted a child onto a Woodford County school bus before placing the parents under arrest. State police Trooper Kevin Calhoon said officers have to make sure that children present during a sweep are placed in the care of a parent or responsible adult.

As of Wednesday afternoon, state police had charged 20 people with various counts of drug trafficking.

Officers also seized property and drugs during the arrests, Calhoon said.

The drugs involved in the trafficking charges included prescription medications, marijuana and cocaine, Melton said. More arrests could come as the investigation continues.

"We are always working narcotics in the community," Melton said.

Officers are still trying to determine how widespread the alleged trafficking was. Melton said most of the suspects operated individually rather than as part of a larger drug trade.

"This is probably representative of a lot of the counties in Kentucky," Melton said. "And this could be anybody's town."