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Bardstown Police's new Flex Unit makes first big bust

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Police have made a big change in how they fight crime, and it's working.

It's called "The Flex Unit" and is made up of officers from several police agencies. The newly formed unit made its first big bust this past weekend.

On Saturday, the Flex Unit hit the Slate Run Apartments in Bardstown pretty hard.

"It was quite rewarding," says Officer Brad Gillock, with Bardstown Police.

Specifically apartment 139. That's where five people were arrested on drug and weapons charges.  Officer Gillock is part of the unit and says neighbors were happy to see them, "basically giving us high-fives in the air and saying thank you for finally removing some of the problems they've had for several months."

"Sometimes there are just not enough cops to go around for the complaints that come in," says Capt. Tom Roby, with Bardstown Police.

Captain Roby says that's why the Flex Team was created. "Our flex team is made up of officers from several agencies. Primarily the bulk of the manpower is from the Bardstown Police Department and the Nelson County Sheriff's Department."

For the last several months the team has been practicing in full gear, getting ready for the real thing.

"Primarily their roles are for high-risk search warrants, hostage situations, large crowd control, things like that," Capt. Roby said.

In addition to the five arrests, Roby says the Flex Team's first big bust also took some drugs and weapons off the streets.

"Small amount of heroin, marijuana, two handguns...one which was stolen out of Springfield, three riffles, a small amount of cash," said Roby.

Police hope the arrests are the first of many and send a clear message to drug dealers, users and even concerned neighbors.

"I assure you that everyone that lives in the area of 139 Slate Run that has called or filed a complaint, or people concerned, they know that we were there doing the job," said Roby.

"I hope this starts a trend for us instead of the drug trend, I hope it starts a trend of running 'em out of Nelson County all the way," said Gillock.

Police say the majority of the problem is connected to the heroin epidemic in Kentucky. That's why the Flex Unit is here to stay.

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