By Rhonda Smyth CV&T News Editor
The largest drug roundup in Kentucky’s history took place last week and warrants were issued for seven Estill County people. Only two names were released as of Tuesday as the other suspects had not been arrested.
Those arrested so far in Estill County are Kristy Stamper, 29 and Whitney Houston, 23. They are both charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance. This information came from the Kentucky State Police Media Commander David Jude in Frankfort and no other information about the two subjects had been released at press time.
KSP Post 7 in Richmond has obtained 22 arrest warrants in their area including the seven for Estill County.
A contact in the United States Attorney’s Office stated that Estill County suspects are not being indicted on any federal charges.
A KSP news release stated that “Operation Flamingo Road,” as the roundup was dubbed, resulted in warrants for 518 suspected traffickers in 33 counties.
It stated that the operation “struck at the heart of an illegal prescription drug trafficking organization.” The investigation began three years ago and involved multiple law enforcement agencies. It focused on individuals who obtained prescription drugs in Florida, then returned to sell them in Kentucky.
The release said informants were utlitlized and other intelligence gathered.
In the release KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer made this statement:
“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 the KSP detectives, task force officers and troopers, local officers and federal agents. Without them a roundup of this magnitude wouldn’t have been possible.”
The release stated that Brewre said a majority of the charges are for first and second degree trafficking in a controlled substance which are felonies and may result in prison terms ranging from 18 months to 20 years.
Other counties in which arrest warrants have been issued include Bath, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Clay, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Martin, Magoffin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan and Wolfe Counties.
Brewer stated in the news release “We have heard the voices of the citizens of kentucky to do something about this dangerous drug problem. Your calls, valuable tips and input have not fallen on deaf ears.”
The operation was funded by the Office of national Drug Control Policy.