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Largest Drug Bust in Kentucky History Underway (300 people in custody, 500 indicted)
WKRC ^ | 10/29/2009 | WKRC

Posted on 10/29/2009 9:08:56 AM PDT by TSgt

One of the largest drug roundups in Kentucky state history is underway right now. Law enforcement officials have fanned out across the state to arrest hundreds of people, in an effort to stem the tide of lethal prescription drugs flowing into the Tri-State from pain clinics in Florida.

The round up started yesterday in eastern Kentucky and investigators say they already have at least 300 people in custody and they're hunting for hundreds more.

At the Dry Ridge post of the Kentucky State Police they've brought in or are bringing in 25 of those indicted. The goal is to shatter a pile pipeline that runs from South Florida to the Tri-State.

Hammering drug dealers in places like Rockcastle County and Pikeville, Kentucky State Police along with FBI, DEA agents and local police arresting people they say have been traveling to South Florida pain clinics and collecting handfuls of prescriptions for dangerous narcotics like oxycontin and percocet then traveling back to the Tri-State and cashing in that script.

On the street, a single bottle of the high powered pills can be worth thousands of dollars. The pipeline between Florida and the Tri-State has also left a long line of overdose deaths in it's wake, bringing with it the largest overdose death rate in Kentucky history.

At 2:30 p.m. today the U.S. Attorney along with multiple law enforcement agencies involved in this effort will hold a news conference in Lexington. We'll have it covered for you and bring you the latest as this massive effort to shut off this deadly pipeline moves forward.


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1 posted on 10/29/2009 9:08:57 AM PDT by TSgt
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To: MikeWUSAF

Wow ... this with the Torture Killings trial, Kentucky sure is busy.


2 posted on 10/29/2009 9:11:06 AM PDT by fujimoh
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To: MikeWUSAF

3 posted on 10/29/2009 9:14:18 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Sounds like Kentucky’s #1 cash crop isn’t affected by this bust.


4 posted on 10/29/2009 9:15:18 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: MikeWUSAF

More here:

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/995564.html
The roundup was thought to be the largest in state history, with about 500 people to be charged. By late afternoon, police had arrested an estimated 200 people in more than a dozen counties, straining some jails.

“There is a large roundup going on in Eastern Kentucky, and every (state police) post in Eastern Kentucky is involved,” said Capt. Kevin Payne, commander of the state police drug-enforcement unit for the eastern end of the state.


5 posted on 10/29/2009 9:15:42 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: MikeWUSAF

I used to live in KY and drove around these regions. There are a lot of people in eastern KY who are barely employable and whose families are on welfare or who eke out a living by coal mining etc. First there was moonshine as a home business, then growing pot (which is still widespread), and now apparently pain pills. There are a lot of towns out there with nothing much to do. Might as well eat some percocets and drive around the Wal-Mart.


6 posted on 10/29/2009 9:19:33 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender

Large overdose rate? Where’s the problem? Seems like it takes care of itself.


7 posted on 10/29/2009 9:27:38 AM PDT by AUH2O Repub ( SPalin/Hunter 2012)
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To: MikeWUSAF

“On the street, a single bottle of the high powered pills can be worth thousands of dollars.”

Oh come on, is this true, or the LEO’s just inflating it again?


8 posted on 10/29/2009 9:28:20 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: MikeWUSAF

I guess they got out of the moonshine business. Getting prescriptions is easier.


9 posted on 10/29/2009 9:29:36 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: caver

Street values here:

http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/percocet/T565O6H5MQLTKHGPF

http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/oxycontin/T1FS83DRHKGB2O8QV

It appears it depends on the location but depending on the dose, type and location it is feasable you could get into the thousands.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a drug user however I am married to a drug dealer, i.e. pharmacist. ;)


10 posted on 10/29/2009 9:34:59 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: MikeWUSAF
a single bottle of the high powered pills

And these high powered pills are so much stronger than your parents high powered pills. ;-)

11 posted on 10/29/2009 9:36:39 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: MikeWUSAF


I swear's Mr. DEA man, they told me at the store these was asparagus plants ...
12 posted on 10/29/2009 9:37:35 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: rhombus
And these high powered pills are so much stronger than your parents high powered pills. ;-)


13 posted on 10/29/2009 9:38:19 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Well I hope the gov in Florida is shutting down those pain clinics. If they don’t do that the pipeline will go on, only with different faces.


14 posted on 10/29/2009 9:39:22 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Do you measure those high powered pills in milligrams or inches. ;-)


15 posted on 10/29/2009 9:39:55 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: GloriaJane

Florida has approved setting up a prescription-monitoring system but it’s not in place.


16 posted on 10/29/2009 9:46:49 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: AUH2O Repub

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/995564.html
In Montgomery County alone, there have been 20 overdose deaths in the last year linked to the type of drug trafficking targeted in Wednesday’s roundup, Commonwealth’s Attorney Keen Johnson said.


17 posted on 10/29/2009 9:47:28 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: MikeWUSAF
Sorry, this is all I could think of when I read the headlline. Chalk it up to a trivial mind, I guess. LOL.

Busty Female Shop Assistant: Is this some kind of bust?

Frank Drebin: It's very impressive, yes.

18 posted on 10/29/2009 9:52:50 AM PDT by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Sender
Florida's Miami-area pain clinics are open to anybody who goes down there to visit them. How can Kentucky tell whether the "deadly pills" (pace Paracelsus) were obtained pursuant to Florida laws by and for the use of the persons owning them? Selling them to somebody else should be verboten, but otherwise the patients should be left alone.
19 posted on 10/29/2009 10:02:23 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: caver

10 mg lortab or percocet goes for around 6-10 bucks per pill on street

usually prescribed in 60 per month max..with cancer patients much higher but if hospice they keep watch unless home care is corrupted and some are

and so forth

when i was young opium tar balls went for around 20 bucks a gram in 1973 dollars...good for two lortab 10mg highs so the price is actually fairly comsistent

back then narcotics were not nearly as tightly regulated for docs and drugstores

large dose pain meds like big dose oxycontin or time released morphine goes for a lot more

so to answer your question...yews the value is inflated a bit...they have always done that

i have acute cervical and sternal arthritis and usually have 10mg hydrocodone or oxycodone as needed..works well for meodrate pain


20 posted on 10/29/2009 10:28:01 AM PDT by wardaddy (folks, these freepathons are taking too long tightwads, shame on us in front of the kooks)
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To: MikeWUSAF

when they get to prison they will learn the meaning of KY justice.....or even worse...NO KY justice....


21 posted on 10/29/2009 10:29:20 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: rhombus
i assume you are kidding....pain killer doses are pretty much static for over 250 years now

the gold standard is 20mg morphine sulfate...everything else is based on that as the threshold for moderate pain relief so depending on if it's codeine or fentanyl or hydromorphone etc ..it all is measured against that 20mg of morphine sulfate as mean starting dose for moderate pain and it can go way up from there

22 posted on 10/29/2009 10:34:14 AM PDT by wardaddy (folks, these freepathons are taking too long tightwads, shame on us in front of the kooks)
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To: wardaddy

Yes, I was kidding. One of the constant statements about weed is how much more powerful it is today - someone has to repeat it on every drug thread. That was the gist of the joke.


23 posted on 10/29/2009 10:37:55 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: rhombus

got it...but your weed is stronger than my old mex brick crap was...35 years ago

Colombian came out around 74 where I was (Miss ..we had coast importers), then Sensemilla started up around 76 or so and it’s gone from there

i know folks now who grow stuff nearly 20% THC whereas brick mex was only 3-4%,,

and if they distill honey oil from the modern stuff...katie bar the door...i saw someone smoke so much they had a minor acid style freakout..and this person was a serious daily chronic

man...we though old redbud colomnian was manna from heaven back then...heavy sativa buzz...like leaed weight on the ears...

oh well...now many years later I get high on nani and raising a bunch of kids..but some peers still smoke..


24 posted on 10/29/2009 10:42:29 AM PDT by wardaddy (folks, these freepathons are taking too long tightwads, shame on us in front of the kooks)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Aren’t Percocet and Oxycontin really the same drug? This always confuses me... Is it the difference in dosages or are those just brand names?

And, I HATE that these a-holes are using Pain Clinics and making it harder for those of us who rely on these pain meds to get through each day to obtain. I now even have to provide a photo ID at every doctor’s visit due to some new FTC law (even though they already have my picture, and I’ve been a patient there for 4 years now). Heck, my regular doctor won’t even prescribe these medications anymore - even on a temporary basis which is why I HAD to go to the “pain clinic” (really a bone & joint specialty clinic), but it’s all good because my back doctor is/was a godsend! [He’s on medical leave for at least 9 mos. and now I have to see two different doctors - one pain medication doctor, and a different one to do adjustments and keep an eye on all the stuff wrong with my neck and back].

The dentists around here are HORRID re: pain relief as well. When I got my dentures he pulled all the teeth on the top at the same time (about 10 of them IIRC). He wanted me to get by on Ibuprofen even that first day — he finally gave in after I begged and explained that I need something stronger and gave me a script for Tylenol 3 which did NOTHING for me (we called after a few hours and he told me to double my dose - would’ve been a lot easier to just prescribe something that worked in the first place for me...).

Given all that — I’m sure these folks they are rounding up will be in jail longer than the terrorists in Gitmo, or the pedophiles, rapists and murderers in prison. That in itself is just wrong, IMHO. I’d imagine quite a few people in Kentucky possess shotguns, and if they do they are going to be facing serious time. What they are doing is wrong — don’t misunderstand me. Just that the punishment these people are most likely going to face is insane compared to other crimes.


25 posted on 10/29/2009 10:49:41 AM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think the whole point here is that they did sell them to someone else.


26 posted on 10/29/2009 10:55:35 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: wardaddy

Sorry I haven’t noticed much difference since ‘73 but I don’t get out with the designer drug hipster crowd. ;-)


27 posted on 10/29/2009 11:21:29 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: rhombus

i have younger relatives who are rather acquainted with ganji.


28 posted on 10/29/2009 7:41:14 PM PDT by wardaddy (folks, these freepathons are taking too long tightwads, shame on us in front of the kooks)
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