Graves County Sheriff Hayden on fentanyl trafficking investigation
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Last Monday morning, Graves County Sheriff’s detectives arrested 31-year-old Taylor D. Jones of Mayfield on drug trafficking charges.
This arrest led to three additional arrests in connection to an overdose that resulted in the death of one man and the hospitalization of a woman in Graves County.
The substance responsible for the overdose is believed to be fentanyl.
“This was the first time that we’ve experienced it here in Graves County, and unfortunately it took the life of one of our residents, so we did everything we could to try to identify the source of where this was coming from,” Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden said.
During the weeklong investigation, the four people arrested, as well as Ivory C. Parker, who is wanted on multiple charges, were found responsible for counterfeit Oxycontin 30 milligram pills containing fentanyl being sold and making their way to western Kentucky.
Hayden said education on drug safety is necessary, especially as fentanyl becomes more prominent.
“We have to educate people, people who are addicted to prescription pain medication, that may turn to buying the substance off the street. We have to educate them that they may not be getting what you think you’re getting,” he said.
Hayden said the responsibility falls on law enforcement to fight the battle against drugs like fentanyl.
“A situation like this is just about as important of an investigation that law enforcement will find themselves in,” he said. “There’s nothing standing between this dangerous drug and the community. I mean, we’re it. Law enforcement, we’re it. If we don’t step up and do something, this problem is going to get much, much worse, and people are going to die.”