The sun was shining bright this morning, but it was a dreary beginning to the day for dozens of men and women caught up in the massive drug roundup law enforcement officers are calling “Operation November Rain.”
Officers from Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer County sheriff’s departments, Danville and Perryville police departments, Kentucky State Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency went after 120 suspects beginning early today in the culmination of more than a year of work across the agencies.
Trooper Chris Lanham said investigations and undercover drug purchases led to sealed indictments for trafficking in cocaine — powder and crack — prescription drugs, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Among those already in custody is Lincoln County Constable Kenny Hodge, who faces multiple drug trafficking charges. Hodge lost his seat in the general election last week.
In all, there are 111 charges pending in Boyle, 20 in Mercer, 48 in Garrard, 14 in Lincoln, and 120 officers from the various agencies participated in the roundup. A majority of those taken into custody were brought to the National Guard Armory in Danville, where a large processing station was set up, while others were being taken directly to the Lincoln County Jail.