"Operation Black Friday" to Be Largest One-Day Drug Crackdown in Kentucky History

Nov 1, 2013

The inside of a Barren County meth lab that police busted in 2012.
The inside of a Barren County meth lab that police busted in 2012.
Credit Barren/Edmonson Drug Task Force

 Update  5:28 p.m.

Officials with the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force say they made 14 arrests Friday of the 23 offenders they were looking for in Warren and Simpson Counties.  Director Tommy Loving says the arrests were without incident.

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Kentucky State Police troopers are rounding up hundreds of drug suspects in what the state's lead police agency calls the largest one-day drug crackdown in its history.

State police officials said Friday that posts across the state are expected to arrest 479 people. The arrests are expected to result in 774 charges in a state plagued by drug abuse.

State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the roundup called Operation Black Friday is the result of tips. Among the tipsters was a mother whose son is a drug addict. Brewer says her tips led to the arrest of the alleged drug dealer selling to her son.

Brewer says the charges involve such drugs as marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs and methamphetamine.