Drug trafficking investigation leads to five arrests
Versailles Police made five arrests on Friday, Feb. 16 in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking. The arrests were made after police executed search warrants at three locations in reference to trafficking in marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and Fentanyl, according to Versailles police. Several firearms and money associated with drug trafficking were also seized at these locations, a press release stated. “These particular arrests have come from direct narcotics investigations,” said Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney. “Obviously,” he later added, “Versailles and Woodford County is a small community. So any type of arrest that we make – whether it’s one person or 15 people – to us makes a dent because that’s five people that are now not on those streets trafficking in these narcotics.” Police did not immediately release the names of those arrested “because it’s still an ongoing investigation,” said Fortney. He said the investigation has been going on for awhile and there are other suspects “we’re actively searching for.” Moreover, Fortney said, “We are actively working on investigations in this community to make a dent in the narcotics war. It’s a battle.” Getting any drugs off the streets is beneficial to the community, he added. Drug use and addiction often leads to other crimes including thefts and burglaries, according to Fortney, who described Fentanyl as “very deadly and very dangerous.” He pointed out that all of his department’s police officers now carry Narcan, which reverses the affects of an opiate overdose. The Woodford County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with the Versailles Police Department on this joint investigation.