Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 14, 2014

Roundup of drug suspects begins

Cases submitted against 38 individuals

ASHLAND — The Ashland Police Department on Friday began rounding up suspects charged as a result of a recent series of “intensive” investigations into illegal drug trafficking in the city.

According to APD Maj. Todd Kelley, the department submitted cases against 38 individuals, containing a total of 52 charges, to Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice’s office for presentation to the grand jury.

Most of the cases involved heroin trafficking, Kelley said. However, he said a few were for trafficking in other drugs, including oxycodone and methamphetamine. There also were cases stemming from the manufacture of methamphetamine, he said.

As of Friday, a total of six suspects had been arrested, Kelley said. Three were also in the Boyd County Detention Center on unrelated charges. One was spotted shoveling snow by an APD detective and taken into custody. One was arrested Friday at the fast-food restaurant where she works and another was arrested at his home on Paddle Creek.

Officers on Friday also went to the last known addresses of several of the suspects, only to find they either weren’t home or had moved.

The APD will continue to attempt to serve indictment warrants on the remaining suspects, Kelley said.

“These narcotic investigations have been aggressively under way over the past five to eight months,” he said. “Some of these investigations were complicated due to many individuals being involved in the transactions.”

 Kelley said that in addition to the drug charges, a number of the suspects also were charged with being persistent felony offenders as a result of the grand jury process. He also said the suspects’ names would be released at a later date.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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