July 31, 2014

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Operation Black Friday: KSP arrests 479 in largest drug round-up in agency history

Kentucky State Police are shown above searching a vehicle operated by three men wanted in the statewide drug sweep Operation Black Friday. It’s believed that the men fled from Harrison County roundup and came to Falmouth where they were apprehended. The search and arrests were made near the McDonald's restaurant in Falmouth on Friday, November 1. Pendleton County did not have any arrest. The three arrested in Pendleton were: Jeffery Hearington, (1) count of manufacturing methamphetamine, 1st offence; Rikki Asher, (1) count of trafficking in a simulated substance and, Derrick Stewart, (1) count of trafficking in a simulated substance. Photo by April DeFalco.

Kentucky State Police initiated "Operation Black Friday" on Nov. 1, utilizing every available sworn unit within the agency to arrest 479 individuals in what is the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history. All KSP Posts, the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) Branch, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, along with assistance from local law enforcement, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshalls Service began arresting individuals before daybreak. Dry Ridge Post 6 had 34 arrests from Harrison, Nicholas, Bourbon counties and three of those fled Harrison County and were arrested in Pendleton County. A list of those arrested and charges follows near the end of this story.