JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – With Thanksgiving this week, it’s “harvest time” in Johnson County – but Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers have not been able to find all the people they hoped to pick up in a drug warrant sweep Monday.
“Operation Fall Harvest” targeted nearly 30 people with warrants for making, having or selling drugs.
“Get them all off the streets, you know, put them where they belong,” Deputy Byron Fairchild said. “They don’t belong out here long as they’re going to do that. Hopefully get them some help and get them back to normal life.”
Sheriff Dwayne Price said part of the reason they rounded up fewer people was because some of the warrants are two or three years old.
“A lot of these people [have] moved probably two or three different times, and a couple of them obviously caught wind what was going on and they fled to either Ohio or Tennessee,” Price said. “They move from A, B, C, D. They just move, move, move. Most of them don't have a permanent residence. They just stay with family or friends.”
Many of those people were home today, though, and in a few cases, so were their children.
“It's sad. We try to wait on these roundups until the school buses run, but obviously today, you know, some younger kids that should have been in school weren’t, and we will follow up on that,” Price said.
“Hopefully it’ll put a message in their head, show them to do right when they grow up,” Fairchild said.
Price said most of the drug problem in the county revolves around prescription pills and some meth.
“There is talk with some of our undercover people that there's a small bit of heroin coming into this area, but as of right now, we're not seeing it,” Price said.
If heroin does become an issue in the county as law enforcement cracks down on pills, Price said they could see a “rash of overdoses.”
Deputies and troopers are still looking for a few people from this warrant roundup.
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“If one of these individuals you see them, just pick up the phone and call,” Price said. “You don’t have to give your name and we'll be right out to pick them up.”
The people for whom deputies are still searching will be entered into the NCIC database, which is a national system.
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