FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Ky. Department Credits Task Force for Drug Bust

June 19, 2012  | 

Photo: F.A.D.E.
Photo: F.A.D.E.

A northern Kentucky police department credits the Fivco Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (F.A.D.E.) for the arrest of four suspects trafficking prescription pills from Detroit.

On June 7, the task force arrested the suspects and seized about 500 pills and $17,000 from illegal sales prior to being arrested. Task force members served warrants acquired after a six-week investigation, Lt. Randy Reed of the Flatwoods Police Department tells POLICE Magazine.

The task force is made up of eight officers, one from each police department in the area that has decided to work with them. The task force is a force multiplier for the Flatwoods PD's 10 sworn officers; it doubles their size.

"We hunt and gather and they cook and clean," says Reed.

The bust stemmed from an undercover operation. Task force officers saw one suspect arrive at the apartment around 5:30 a.m. Around 6 p.m. F.A.D.E. acquired a search warrant, disarmed the suspect, and arrested four other people including Ebony Pugh, 22, of Detroit; Marcel Smith McCoy, 21, of Detroit; David Spears, 38, of Wurtland, Ky.; and Jason Lucas, 26, of Rush, Ky.

One of the arrests was made when a customer arrived at the apartment to buy drugs only to be taken into custody. "Nobody knew we were inside," says Ned Crisp, F.A.D.E. director.

Crisp says drug traffickers typically use Interstate 64, U.S. Route 23, and State Route 52 highways to travel in and out of the area. Crisp said they also use Greyhound buses because the bus line doesn't require identification or perform security checks.

The area is a hot spot for prescription drug abuse. "They're capitalizing on our area that has such a pill addiction," says Crisp about the traffickers.

By Erin Spandorf, editorial assistant

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Elbeco's New Reflex Uniform Now Available
Elbeco's new Reflex uniform series, which extends the concept of the daily duty uniform,...
Autopsy Shows Chicago Police Commander Shot 6 Times
Bauer, 53, a 31-year department veteran who headed the Near North patrol district, was...
NYPD Sued Over Removal of Religious Head Coverings for Booking Photos
The suit challenges a 2015 NYPD policy requiring that booking photos have an unobstructed...

Police Magazine