Local law enforcement recently seized approximately $13,000 in illegal narcotics and approximately $14,600 in cash.

Russell Lee Murray, 32, and Denny Wright Jr., 45, both of Spring Hill, Fla., were arrested May 5 after being stopped on US 421during a joint investigation by the Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police.

After searching the men’s rental vehicle, a 2009 Suburban, officers seized 549 OxyCodone and OxyContin tablets and $2,400. During a search of the undisclosed location where the men were staying, officers seized an additional 450 30-milligram OxyCodone pills and 99 80-milligram OxyContin pills and approximately $12,000 in cash. The seized currency is believed to be proceeds from the illegal sale of OxyContin and OxyCodone in the Central Kentucky Area, said Rick Johnson, CKADTF director.

The seized cash will help fund the CKADTF and its participating agencies.

Much of the narcotics police find in Richmond come from Florida, Johnson said. Florida does not have a system for tracking prescription drugs, such as Kentucky's’ KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) system, he said.

KASPER is a nationwide database that records the patient’s name, how often they visit their doctor, what the doctor prescribes and how often. The system allows law enforcement to catch both patients who are abusing the drugs and doctors who are writing the prescriptions without a legitimate cause.

“(Florida) really has no tracking mechanism,” Johnson said.

Murray and Wright were charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance and were jailed at the Madison County Detention Center, but have since been released.

The investigation continues and police encourage anyone with information to call the CKADTF at 623-7867.

Brittany Davenport can be reached at 624-6624 or news@richmondregister.com

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