Hopkinsville Meth Roundup

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"The message we're trying to send is, you're not going to run back and forth across state lines in different drug stores and elude police that you're manufacturing. We're gonna track you down and you will be arrested," says Cheyenne Albro, director of the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force.

Wednesday in Christian County, several Methamphetamine manufacturers heard that message loud and clear.

The Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, in cooperation with the Office of Drug Policy Control and the 19th Judicial Precinct in Tennessee, previously arrested 12 individuals in Tennessee with Kentucky warrants for manufacturing Meth.

Albro said that Wednesday the task force would be taking into custody seven or more from Kentucky, 13 total from Tennessee, and five that have warrants in both states.

Tracking Meth manufaturers began in June of 2005 after the buyers began finding other ways to get smaller portions of the Meth ingredient, Pseudoephredrine, after it was made an over-the-counter drug.

Rick Boling, Commonwealth Attorney for Christian County says, "We found that people were going to multiple locations and multiple counties and even crossing states over to Tennessee to purchase these items."

According to the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, all Kentucky pharmacies must keep a log book where anyone who purchases the drug must sign and show proper identification.

Police officers will then check the books of these pharmacies to see if any one is buying more than the limit of 9 grams in a 30-day period.

Boling says Meth roundups like these are imperative to saving lives throughout Kentucky.

"Mobile home parks...residential subdivisions...all of these places become nothing but a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. That's how dangerous the manufacturing process is. "

The task force says manufacturing Methamphetamine in Kentucky can lead to up to 20 years in prison for a first offense, and 20 to 50 years or life for a repeat of the offense.

They also say that they plan on keeping the effort to get these offenders off the streets in tact.


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