PARIS, Ky. (FOX 56) — A “drug round-up” in Bourbon County resulted in more than two dozen arrests in connection to a central Kentucky drug ring.

The arrests came after a months-long investigation by the Bluegrass Narcotic Task Force and the Kentucky State Police, according to the Paris Police Department.

After concerned citizens submitted several reports, the task force started surveillance of multiple locations were suspected drug activity was believed to be taking place. A total of 28 suspects were indicted, arrested, and charged with multiple drug offenses.


The Paris Police Department said several individuals were allegedly selling carfentanil, a stronger version of fentanyl meant for animals.

“A staggering 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Notably, carfentanil lacks any medical application for human use and is considered an analog of fentanyl. Its primary utilization is as a tranquilizer in veterinary medicine, typically for large animals like elephants,” the Bluegrass Narcotics Task Force said in a news release.

The suspects would also mix fentanyl with other drugs like heroin, pills, cocaine, meth, and ecstasy, according to the task force.


The investigation is ongoing, and authorities said they are working to apprehend more suspects involved in these cases.

The Paris Police Department along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, the Cynthiana Police Department, and the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office are part of the Bluegrass Narcotics Task Force.

Dealing with overdose, saving a life

“The drug epidemic has taken a heavy toll on many families, who have suffered the tragic consequences of overdoses and fatalities. Our communities are facing the challenges of the epidemic, and law enforcement agencies are working hard to limit its effects. They collaborate with local treatment centers that offer ASAP programs and Casey Laws to help individuals and families who need support and care,” the task force said.

Authorities said to never let someone “sleep it off.”

The drug naloxone, brand name Narcan, can reverse the effects of a drug overdose. A grant released in February made the life-saving measure more available in rural Kentucky communities.

Most health departments will give anyone over the age of 18 Narcan for free.

Symptoms of overdoes:

  • The person won’t wake up
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Slow or no breathing
  • Blue lips or nails
  • Tiny pupils
  • Gurgling or snoring

Kentucky State Police and most police and sheriff’s offices also participate in the Operation Hope/Angel Program can help those suffering from substance or alcohol dependency.

Anyone that comes forward will not be arrested or charged with any drug violations if they participate in a treatment program. They can also safely dispose of any drugs or any paraphernalia they might have on them without being arrested.

For more on the Angel Program, click here.

Getting help

“People are really struggling and might know they need help but are unsure of where to turn. It can be nerve wracking to take that first step, but it really can be the difference between life and death,” said Vanessa Keeton, ARC’s vice president of marketing, in a news release. “At ARC, many of us have been in that exact same situation, and we’re here to help you navigate the process every step of the way.”

Anyone struggling with addiction or drug dependency can call ARC’s hotline at (606) 638-0938 or visit their website to learn more.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a national hotline to help those seeking help at 1-800-662-4357.