According to Kentucky State Police, the agency initiated "Operation Black Friday" during the early morning hours of November 1st. The program was aimed at rounding up drug suspects all over the state. According to a statement from KSP, they utilized "every available sworn unit within the agency to arrest 479 individuals in what is the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history." About two dozen of those arrests were made in the Tri-State portion of the Commonwealth.
With the help of other state agencies, almost 500 people were arrested, resulting in nearly 800 charges. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the operation is the result of phone tips, messages and calls to the anonymous tip lines.
Brewer says many of those arrested are "low level" offenders. “Citizens are tired of perpetual offenders who are disrupting neighborhoods and participating in other criminal mischief,” said Brewer. "While many of the arrests today are low level targets, it is very probably that we will obtain information from them that will lead to arrests of more significant dealers and drug operations”, he added.
According to Brewer, most of those arrested will face drug charges related to prescription drugs, marijuana and meth. Others will face charges dealing with heroin, which, according to Brewer, is a drug on the rise across the state, with a 200 percent increase in arrests over last year.
Brewer wants citizens all over the state to continue reporting drug activity in their communities. “We provide multiple avenues for people to anonymously report information, including a toll free tip-line 1-(800) DOPE TIP and the ‘Text-A-Tip’* program,” says Brewer. “We have received 842 tips through the tip-line and 302 tips from the ‘Text-A-Tip’ program. This is a great example of successful community policing, where law enforcement partners with local citizens to remove criminals from their communities.”
To see a map showing how many arrests were made in each county, click here.