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Franklin Co. Sheriff receives overwhelming information after asking drug dealers to turn in competition

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – After asking drug dealers to rat their competition almost two months ago, the Franklin County Sheriff's office has been overwhelmed with tips.

“We get a lot of information. I mean we get a lot of information,” Sheriff Pat Melton said.

There are no fancy graphics, just a black and white flyer offering a free service to help eliminate the drug competition.  

“Drug dealers are stingy. They're going to want to turn in their competition, and they do that because they want more of a market share for themselves,” Melton said.

He’s happy to say it’s working.

“When this thing first came out, I mean the phone was nonstop for well over I think two weeks,” Melton said.

There has always been a strong community partnership in the county, but with the recent influx of tips, Sheriff Melton says its reached new heights.

“To be honest, we could use a full-time intelligence officer. Someone just to do that every day, eight hours a day,” he said.

Since this flyer was posted on social media almost two months ago, the sheriff's office has received 50 tips, 500 pieces of information and two people have been arrested.

“It's a start. And it may encourage somebody to get out of that business for fear of getting caught,” said Bill Rodgers, who lives in Franklin County.

The flyer has been viewed by more than 300,000 times and shared more than 3,000 people on the sheriff's Facebook page. It's also been picked up by rapper Ludacris, who shared the picture with his 10.6 million twitter followers.

The sheriff says the idea has been well-received in the community, but for the small percentage who believe deputies need to do their own policing, he has this to say:

“How many people have to die from overdoses?  If we can save one life because of this and something this simple, it's worth every effort in the world,” Sheriff Melton said.

If you have information for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, you can call or text a tip to 502-320-3306.

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