Operation Black Friday

Regional
12:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

KSP's "Operation Black Friday" Falls Short of Arrest Goal

A Kentucky State Police operation to apprehend a record number of drug traffickers has fallen short of its goal.

The KSP launched Operation Black Friday on Nov. 1, and since then they have arrested 339 out of a total 479 targeted offenders.

Although the operation was billed as the largest one-day drug roundup in agency history, the bulk of the arrests were made over the course of the past month. KSP spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says despite calling short, Black Friday is the largest operation led by the agency, and a third of the targets remain at-large, and might still be caught.

“There are still arrest warrants out there. It’s just the nature of the people that the arrests warrants are for: They’re transient; they’re not staying in the same place. Once several, or once one of the people they normally do business with ends up going to jail, you know, that makes them kind of try and get under the radar," Blanton said.

Blanton did not say how much the operation cost, adding that ‘Black Friday’ would continue until however long it takes.