Huge Prescription Drug Bust in Kentucky

The largest drug bust in Kentucky’s history occurred this week as state, local, and federal officers raided dozens of homes with felony arrest warrants for 518 people in an attempt to take down the center of an illegal prescription drug trafficking organization.

“Operation Flamingo Road” is the culmination of a three-year effort involving multiple law enforcement agencies that began with a KSP/FBI investigation focusing on individuals obtaining prescription drugs in Florida and then distributing the drugs illegally in Kentucky.

Kentucky law enforcement agencies have seen an increase in the number of prescription drug cases and began to notice a trend developing, which involved Kentuckians traveling to South Florida to obtain painkillers. Detectives utilized informants and other intelligence to determine that a large number of patients showing up in South Florida pain clinics were from Kentucky.

"This type of investigation often involves the same violent criminal activity as any other investigation into organized drug trafficking. We can not forget the dedication and tireless effort put forth by KSP detectives, task force officers and troopers, local officers and federal agents," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Without them, a round-up of this magnitude would not have been possible."

Brewer said a majority of these charges were for Trafficking in Controlled Substance first and second degree, felony charges that include penalties ranging from 18 months to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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