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Zack Miller with the Hazard Police Department escorted one of the 57 people targeted for arrest in Perry County during KSP's “Operation Black Friday” initiative in to the state police post in Hazard. (photo by Cris Ritchie | Hazard Herald)
Zack Miller with the Hazard Police Department escorted one of the 57 people targeted for arrest in Perry County during KSP's “Operation Black Friday” initiative in to the state police post in Hazard. (photo by Cris Ritchie | Hazard Herald)
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HAZARD – Authorities fanned out across the state Friday in an attempt to arrest hundreds of people in what officials with the Kentucky State Police are calling the “largest one-day drug round-up in agency history.”
 
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced the initiative, dubbed “Operation Black Friday,” during a press conference Friday morning in Frankfort, noting many of the arrests were made possible because of tips from the public. Sgt. Richard P. Saint-Blancard, with KSP's public affairs branch, said information like this is invaluable to authorities as they begin their investigations.
 
Fifty-seven people were sought in Perry County alone, according to information the agency released on Friday, more than any other county in the state. The second highest number was in Russell County with 32. There could be several reasons for the higher figure in Perry County, Saint-Blancard said, including that officers simply received more tips.
 
“There's no particular area where we're focusing in on,” he said. “I will tell you that if we get more calls, we focus more on that because there's more activity.”
 
Many of Friday's arrests were of individuals believed to have been “low level offenders,” according to a KSP press release, though Brewer said their apprehension can play an important role in gathering information on offenders who may have a larger role in the state's illegal drug economy.
 
“Citizens are tired of perpetual offenders who are disrupting neighborhoods and participating in other criminal mischief,” Brewer said. “While many of the arrests today are low level targets, it is very probably that we will obtain information from them that will lead to arrests of more significant dealers and drug operations.”
 
Every KSP post in the state participated in Friday's round-up, which also utilized assistance from other agencies. In Perry County, officers with the Hazard Police Department assisted.
 
At last check, KSP reported a total of 300 people had been arrested across the state, including 37 in Perry County. The following names of Perry County residents charged on Friday were released this week by the Kentucky State Police:
 
Michael Fryman, second-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Richard Sumner, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Rickie Wooton, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, five counts
Enos Banks, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Rhoda Minks, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Mark Beverly, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Aaron Amburgey, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Ricky Wooton, second-degree traffic in controlled substance
Carolyn J. Amburgey, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Mark A. Smith, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Lindsay Baker, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Robert Baker, second-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Robin Martin, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Michael Combs, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts; traffic in controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school
Marry Ellen Phillips, second-degree traffic in controlled substance
Jamey R. Wooton, first-degree traffic in controlled substance; persistent felony offender II
Jason S. Smith, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, three counts
Willie J. Adams, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Danny Messer, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Odis B. Combs, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Donald Ray Jenkins, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Barry Anderson, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Coolie Callahan, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Vickie Lynn Combs, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Johnny Joseph, intimidating a participant in the legal process; traffic in marijuana (8 ounces to less than 5 pounds), two counts; first-degree traffic in controlled substance; traffic in marijuana (less than 8 ounces)
Jeffery Jent, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Joshua Slone, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, three counts
Steve T. Everage, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Blake Hurt, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Katherine Caudill, first-degree traffic in controlled substance; traffic in controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school
Raymond Burkhead, second-degree traffic in controlled substance, three counts
Burnis Morris, first-degree traffic in controlled substance
Jimmy Johnson, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, four counts
Christene Jenkins, first-degree traffic in controlled substance, two counts
Derek M. Smith, first-degree possession of controlled substance; careless driving; driving on a DUI suspended license
Norma Fultz, second-degree traffic in controlled substance, three counts

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