Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cops seek more than 500 in Ky. drug roundup aimed mainly at 'pill pipeline' from Florida

Law-enforcement officers are serving more than 500 arrest warrants in Eastern Kentucky, aimed largely at the prescription pill pipeline from Florida, as part of what state police called Operation Flamingo Road, the largest drug roundup in state history. (State police map shows arrests by post and county)
Federal, state and local officers fanned out across the region Wednesday morning, Bill Estep, Dori Hjalmarson and Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Lexington Herald-Leader report.
"Florida is a key source of what Rick Bartley, commonwealth's attorney in Pike County, called a 'tsunami' of pills into Eastern Kentucky," the reporters write. Florida has passed a law to monitor painkiller prescriptions but it won't take effect for more than a year. (Wall Street Journal map)

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