Florida-Pike Pill Mill Ring Busted
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#1 May 22, 2012
Posted: Tue 5:03 PM, May 22, 2012A A
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3 charged in Florida-Pike pill distribution ring
PIKEVILLE – Two traffickers of prescription pain pills and their Florida supplier have been arrested on federal drug charges following an undercover investigation by Operation UNITE and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“More than 200,000 Oxycodone pills were sold in Pike County over the past 12 months by these individuals,” said Keith Napier, Big Sandy Task Force Manager for UNITE.“They were getting pills delivered on almost a monthly basis.”
“This is an unusual case not only due to the quantity of controlled substances involved, but the fact that Florida residents were delivering to Kentucky,” noted Dan Smoot, deputy director of UNITE .“We know that there are thousands of Eastern Kentucky residents going to Florida to purchase prescription pills, but in this investigation Florida was bringing the drugs to us.”
With a street value of approximately $40 per pill, the trafficking operation is estimated to have resulted in $8 million in illegal sales in the past year.
Earlier this month DEA agents arrested 32-year-old Jerrmaine St. Claire Littles of Clearwater, Florida, on a charge of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. He is currently being detained by federal officials in Florida.
The two Pike County distributors – 53-year-old Kenneth Gannon of Aflex Road in Aflex and 42-year-old Russell West of Six Camp Road in McVeigh – were picked up Tuesday, May 22 at their homes, by UNITE detectives, DEA agents from the London Field Office, and Kentucky State Police troopers from Post 9 in Pikeville.
“Both UNITE and the DEA had received numerous anonymous tips from citizens alerting us to the illegal drug trafficking activity in the Belfrey area,” Smoot stated.
As a result of the tips, police initiated a joint investigation that resulted in undercover drug buys and several search warrants during the last six months. More than 1,000 pills and “thousands of dollars” in cash were seized.
Both Gannon and West were lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.
“The DEA’s commitment to East Kentucky has made it possible to identify not only the street dealers but also the mid and upper level suppliers,” Smoot said.“We hope this continued partnership will result in many more investigations of this type.”
For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org .
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Since: May 12
#4 May 22, 2012
LD lets leave the poor drug addicted loser alone for awhile and maybe she'll really leave!
#5 May 23, 2012
i would have thought people would have found something else to spend their money on...i wish people would move on already, these drugs are stupid and useless, and all lead to death of everyone...
#6 May 23, 2012
What amazes me is the fact that Law Enforcement claims over 200,000 pills came from these sources over a year long period and where are they now? Out in the community either sold or done at this point. Don't get me wrong, these people need to get busted but what about the lives these drugs helped destroy over the past years? What if there were deaths / ODs connected to these in the last year? Basically, Police sat back and allowed these drugs into the community and looked the other way at the short term destruction and troubled related to them just so they could make a couple busts a year later and help bolster the illusion that the "war on drugs" is working somehow. Pssh, preposterous at best. Society needs working, viable solutions at the source where this all originates, not at the resulting long term consequences after the fact.
#7 May 23, 2012
if someone is robbing banks do the cops let them rob two or three more or something and then arrest them later? i known people who were arrested for one count of trafficking overa year ago. how can you prove that if you only have one buy. kinda hard to prove this person is a big time drug dealer
#8 May 23, 2012
My sentiments exactly. Wish those in charge would listen.
#9 May 24, 2012
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My sentiments exactly. Wish those in charge would listen.[/QUOTE]
I firmly believe that the "powers that be" do not oppose a lot of pharmaceutical corporations and the resulting drug trafficking issues related to them because these companies are massive financial contributors and have Lobbyist power in Washington now. It would be biting the hand that feeds so to speak because there
is a rather lengthy chain of cause / effect domino - like revenue generated by these companies and the symbiotic parasites attached to them on down the line.
Since: Mar 12
#10 May 25, 2012
Oh, they are listening but will not acknowledge that they do. Why? Because they would then feel compelled to act.
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