Drug Roundup In Warren County

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Kentucky State Police, along with the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement officers participated in Operation: Shop Till You Drop early Tuesday morning.

The 15 suspects were indicted by a Warren County Grand Jury for buying excessive amounts of Pseudoephedrine.

Authorities say the amount of Pseudoephedrine purchased during this 3-month investigation would have made over 256 grams of Meth and would have left over 70 pounds of hazardous waste for the city.

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Task Force Captain Deron Berthold says it's more cost effective to stop "Pseudo-shoppers" than to dismantle Meth labs.

More than a dozen people indicted for buying large amounts of Pseudoephedrine to cook up Meth were put on notice this morning.

Despite a law being passed in June of 2005 that prohibits anyone from purchasing more than 9 grams of the drug in a 30-day period, some Meth manufacturers found their way around it.

"They were going from retail stores to pharmacies and obtaining numerous grams of Pseudoephedrine for their process of manufacturing Methamphetamine and/or selling the Pseudoephedrine to Methamphetamine manufacturers," says Berthold.

All pharmacies are now tasked with keeping written logs containing information of who buys what drugs and how much.

That's how the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Task Force says it was able to track 15 suspects in Warren County down.

"We have a process where we analyze these logs and we were able to identify numerous individuals on the same given day with only minutes differences going to these stores and buying their maximum amounts," Berthold adds.

Head of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, Tommy Loving says although the investigation moved quickly, an electronic log system would have allowed them to get this drug off the streets quicker.

"The 3 month investigation probably could have turned into a 3-week investigation with electronic reporting and real-time data," he notes.
Loving says that Tuesday's bust was concentrated on only 15 suspects, but the message it sends could be farther reaching.

"These people will become desperate and sometimes be real creative, but this should let the "Pseudo-shoppers" know that law enforcement is out here watching and there's going to be consequences for them violating the law," says Loving.

Loving says that as of this afternoon, 7 of the suspects had been rounded up.

Three additional people were arrested in the operation through continuing investigations.

The drug sweep also led to the discovery of a small meth lab on the edge of Allen county.

To view a press release on Operation: Shop Till You Drop, click here and to view a list of arrest warrants from today's operations, click here.

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