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Private Detective: KSP Seizes 80 Kilos of Heroin and 40 Lbs of Meth

Kentucky State Police and federal officers seized 80 kilograms of heroin and 40 pounds of meth at the Bluegrass Airport, according to a KSP Facebook post.

They found the drugs in three bags of luggage inside a private jet that landed Friday afternoon.

Police have identified the suspects as Isaac Rosas, Cedric Fajardo, and Robert Carlson.

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All three face charges of distributing a controlled substance.

Police said the drugs were scheduled for distribution in Lexington.

The investigation continues.

 Courtesy: Kentucky State Police

Pedophile Tracking Child Pornography in the United States

North Hills Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Producing Sexual Images of Minors. Melrose Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Child Pornography Offenses. Boylston Man Charged with Distributing Child Pornography. Navajo Man from Churchrock Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge. Vestal Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Receiving Child Pornography. Binghamton Man Pleads Guilty to 12 Counts of Distributing Child Pornography.

Rarely a week goes by in the United States that a child pornographer is not charged or sentenced for federal crimes related to the sexual exploitation of children. The press release headlines above from the Department of Justice were issued on a single day last month.

In coordination with local, state, federal, and international partners—both law enforcement and non-governmental organizations—the FBI devotes extensive resources to fighting the sexual exploitation of children. And while the high number of arrests and convictions speaks to law enforcement’s successes, there is still much work to be done. According to a 2016 Department of Justice report to Congress, “The expansion of the Internet has led to an explosion in the market for child pornography.”

“After you’ve been doing this awhile, you think you’ve seen it all, and then you get a new case,” said Special Agent Eric Campbell, who investigates violent crimes against children in the FBI’s Phoenix Division. “I am surprised by how often I am surprised at what people will do.”

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Campbell points to one of his recent cases as an example. In February 2017, a 28-year-old Arizona woman was sentenced to more than five years in prison for mailing child pornography to her imprisoned husband. He was behind bars in Tucson awaiting trial on separate child pornography charges—for which he would eventually receive a 20-year sentence.

Some of the images the woman mailed her husband were of girls as young as 9 years old. “She was trying to sneak them into the prison,” Campbell said, “trying to give her husband what he wanted.”

The FBI coordinates its efforts to protect children through the Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program. The mission is to lower the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation, to provide a rapid and effective investigative response to such crimes, and to provide appropriate training and other resources to state and local law enforcement partners.

Investigations are conducted in each of the FBI’s 56 field offices by Child Exploitation Task Forces, which combine Bureau resources with those of other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Nearly 400 law enforcement partner organizations participate in these task forces and are assisted by FBI intelligence analysts, victim specialists, and subject matter experts. The task forces also work closely with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

In addition, because the Internet has blurred traditional notions of borders and jurisdiction, the FBI’s legal attaché offices in more than 60 countries around the world coordinate with their foreign counterparts on investigations ranging from child sex trafficking to sex tourism.

Those who engage in the production and distribution of child pornography come from all walks of life and represent varied ages, races, occupations, and education levels. Typically, their crimes are carried out on the so-called dark web—where they can remain anonymous—and their actions are unknown to spouses, families, and associates.

“Most of these guys don’t have any criminal history,” Campbell said, “and no one has any idea of what they were doing until we catch them.” The agent said that the work he and his colleagues do is important, but also emotionally wrenching. “The payoff,” he explained, “is that you are able to uncover these perpetrators and shine a light on them, and do everything possible to make sure they are no longer able to victimize innocent children.”

Wrongful Death Man Accused of Running Over Wife Pleads Not Guilty

Family members and friends on both sides filled a Menifee County courtroom Tuesday as a husband accused of murdering his wife made his first appearance.

Austin Prater entered a not guilty plea on charges of murder, violating an emergency protective order, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with physical evidence.

The 20-year-old was arrested last Wednesday when the body of his wife, 18-year-old Mariah Prater, was found in a ditch on the side of the road.

Prater’s uncle, John Self, told LEX 18 that it was heart-breaking to see Austin in custody.

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“It was hard. Austin is my nephew and I love him.,” Self said. “And I love Mariah too. She was my niece by marriage.”

State Police say that Prater told them his wife fell out of the truck as they were driving down the road. Police say they believe he ran Mariah over, then got out of the truck, called 911, and threw his phone in the grass before driving away.

“I don’t wish anything horrible on anybody, and I am a forgiving Christian, but even God says there’s a judgment day, and sometimes it’s on earth,” said Mariah’s grandmother, Teresa Little.

Prater will be back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

Missing Person Golden Alert Cancelled for Lexington Man

UPDATE: Gary Riggs was found and is safe.

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) The Lexington Police Department has issued a Golden Alert for a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Gary Riggs was last seen around 10 a.m. Tuesday from a home on Hannibal Court near Twain Ridge Drive.

Police say he is 73-years-old, 5’6”, 180 pounds, with shaggy, white hair, and a glass eye.

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He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt that may be first from drywall work.

Riggs is diabetic and has Alzheimer’s. Police say he has not taken his diabetes medicine and may be disoriented.

Anyone with information about Mr. Riggs’ whereabouts is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600 or 911.

Private Detective: Police Investigating After Man Appears At Fire Station With Gunshot Wound

Lexington Police are investigating after a man showed up at the fire station on Jefferson Street with a gunshot wound.

Police say that just before that, they responded to a report of shots fired.

Officers have not released much information in their investigation.

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The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A man who lives in the area told LEX 18 that he heard gunshots and saw the victim walk out of the alley with a towel covering his mouth.

Accident Reconstruction Woman Hit By Train in Rockcastle Co.

Police say that a woman was hit by a train in Rockcastle County.

It happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 490 and 1955 in Livingston.

State Police say that the 33-year-old was flown to UK Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

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Troopers say the victim was not in a car when she was hit by the CSX train.

State Police are investigating.

Private Detective: UK Police Investigating A String of Scooter Thefts on Campus

University of Kentucky police are issuing a warning to students, faculty and staff who take scooters to school.

The department has received several reports of thefts of scooters from the past week. The scooters were stolen from the following locations on the following dates:

*  One from in front of Woodland Glen III between 7 p.m. Sunday, April 16, and 2:45 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017.

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*  One from in front of Miller Hall at 1 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017.

*  One from the area around the Mathews Building at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017.

*  Three from in front of Woodland Glen II between Thursday evening, April 20, and Friday, April 21, 2017.

The suspects in several of the thefts are described as three black male individuals in their 20s, between 5’11” and 6’6” and wearing dark hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, and white shoes.

Missing Person Silver Alert Issued for Man In Tucker County, WV

The Tucker County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing man.

Raymond Eugene Epling, 75, went missing in the Mirror Lake area of Canaan Valley around 4:30 am. Sunday.

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Epling is a white man with grey hair and blue eyes. He weighs around 170 pounds and is 5’10”.

He was last seen wearing a denim long sleeve shirt with a WVU logo on the left pocket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Epling suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

If you see him call 911 or 304-478-2121.

Wrongful Death Couple Accused In Connection to Toddler’s Death to Face a Judge

A Menifee County mother and her boyfriend accused in connection with the death of a 19-month-old will answer to charges in court Tuesday.

19-month-old Aria Blanton died at UK Hospital on April 19.

Robert Collins and Laura Blanton are in the Montgomery County Jail. Deputies say that Collins brought Blanton’s toddler daughter to her place of work with severe injuries. Collins claimed the injuries were caused by an accident.

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A co-worker of Blanton’s called 911.

Aria was airlifted to Kentucky Children’s Hospital where she died. Her death has been ruled a homicide. As of now, Collins and Blanton have only been charged with child abuse and not murder.

A preliminary hearing will be held at the Menifee County Courthouse at 1 p.m.

Blanton was laid to rest Monday in Salyersville, Ky.

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Private Detective: Civil War Items Stolen From Perryville Home

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the person who stole Civil War firearms and other items.

Sheriff Derek Robbins said that the items were stolen from a home in Perryville, a community known for a major Civil War battle.

“There was some civil war guns, some cannon balls, you know small memorabilia like some old jewelry and different things that probably had a lot of sentimental value especially to people in Perryville,” said Robbins.

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The sheriff said that the memorabilia was linked to the battle where thousands lost their lives.

“Some of those things were used in the Battle of Perryville, where some of those people had family members who fought in that battle. So sentimental value wise, they’re irreplaceable. So it’s pretty important to us to get that stuff back,” he said.

He asks that anyone with information about the burglary call the Sheriff’s Office. They are willing to offer a reward for the return of the items.