U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David Hale traveled to Hopkinsville this afternoon to make a major announcement concerning the recent arrests of alleged drug dealers and the ongoing investigation and prosecution of persistent drug and violent crime offenders in the area.
This summer, federal agents teamed up with Hopkinsville Police and arrested over a dozen suspected drug dealers operating out of Christian County, adding to the 45 federal defendants charged since 2009.
Hale says without the partnership between federal agents and local law enforcement, these recent arrests would not have been possible.
Hale adds the big lesson to take away from today’s conference is that drug activity is not tolerated in the Hopkinsville-Christian County community and drug dealers will be caught.
About 57 arrests were made this summer and those individuals are now facing federal prosecution and since 2010, this coordinated effort by law enforcement to weed out criminal activity has resulted in guilty pleas by all but three defendants who are currently scheduled to go on trial.
Officials say six defendants pled guilty and received sentences that ranged from 57 months to 120 months in prison.
About 67 illegally held firearms, 550 kilograms of marijuana, at least 30 kilograms of cocaine, 23 kilograms of crack cocaine and 5 kilograms of heroin were confiscated by law enforcement as part of the collaborative effort.