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Law Enforcement

A coordinated enforcement response to substance abuse issues is not possible under existing realities:

  • There are over 400 law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    • There are nearly 8,000 peace officers statewide.
    • Most of these agencies are municipal or sheriffs' offices.
    • Most of these agencies have less than ten sworn officers.
    • As such, there is no way to realistically focus on drug crimes for targeted enforcement.


  • The Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Alcohol Beverage Control, and other state agencies are understaffed due to attrition and/or funding. Specialized units exist within the state police to focus on drug-related crimes, but staffing levels preclude concentrated efforts.


  • Regional drug task forces have emerged over the past 17 years as an answer for growing drug problems in local communities.
    • Drug task forces that receive Byrne Grant funding emerge from inter-local agreements between municipalities and counties. There are varying degrees of cooperation or assistance sought from the State Police amongst the regional task forces.
    • Task forces are eligible for receipt of assets forfeited under state law or federal law.

  • Federal law enforcement is represented in the form of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal’s Service, and other agencies.

  • Additional federally funded programs in Kentucky include:
    • Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
    • Operation UNITE operating in southeastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District

  • Issues that confront law enforcement regarding drug crimes include:

    • Coordination of services
    • Information/intelligence sharing
    • Staffing needs
    • Fiscal needs
Annual Asset Forfeiture

KRS 218A.440

Requires that each agency seizing money or property shall at the close of each fiscal year file a statement with the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet containing a detailed listing of all money and property seized in that fiscal year and the disposition thereof.

Asset Forfeiture Reporting Form FY 2013-2014

Office of Drug Control Policy Annual Asset Forfeiture Submission
You have indicated that you have seizures and/or awards to report this fiscal year.
Please follow these instructions to submit this report:

1.Open and complete the Asset Forfeiture Report. You may type directly onto the form.

2.Once you have completed the form, name the file and save it to your computer. (For example, save it to your desktop.)

3.Please enter the name and title of the person responsible for the content of the form in the text fields below. 

4.If you have questions, please contact the Office of Drug Control Policy at 1-888-414-ODCP

All local law enforcement agencies and sheriffs:

The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet needs your assistance to fulfill the statutory requirement of collecting data on asset forfeiture.

The fiscal year for the report should reflect July 1 through June 30 of the corresponding year.

Do not send monthly reports. Submit only one report per year reflecting your seizures.

Completed forms should take place on or before September 15 and need to be faxed or mailed to:

Stephanie Dawson
KY Office of Drug Control Policy
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

fax: 502.564.6104



In 2005 Kentucky and dozens of other states passed laws restricting the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), the key ingredient for meth production. These laws closely followed similar legislation enacted in Oklahoma in 2004. States that restricted PSE began seeing immediate declines in meth-lab responses. Those declines, however, were short lived, as meth users and cooks began an activity known as ‘smurfing,’ a process of purchasing small amounts of PSE at multiple locations.

The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) is a real-time electronic logging system used by pharmacies and law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy medications containing precursors to the illegal drug, methamphetamine This system has the ability to alert the pharmacist at the point of sale when an individual is attempting to exceed legal product limits.

In 2012, Senate Bill 3 was passed that further limits the amount of over-the counter allergy and cold medication that may be purchased without a prescription.

  • Reduces the quantities of allergy or cold medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine that may be purchased without a prescription from 9 grams to 7.2 grams per month.
  • Establishes an annual limit of 24 grams of allergy or cold medicine  containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine that may be purchased without a prescription, whereas existing law did not specify an annual limit.
  • Prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from purchasing any quantity of allergy or cold medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine without a prescription.
  • Requires pharmacies to maintain an electronic record-keeping system that will allow the pharmacy to prohibit transactions in excess of the limits established by this bill, and provide the Office of Drug Control with unimpeded access to records for statistical analysis purposes.
  • Requires the Office of Drug Control to submit annual statistical reports on the sale of compounds, mixtures, or preparations containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine to the Legislative Research Commission.
  • Prohibits individuals convicted of any offense relating to methamphetamine from possessing or attempting to possess medication containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine until 5 years after the following dates:
    • The date the individual was convicted;
    • The date the individual was discharged from incarceration; or
    • The date the individual was released from probation or parole.


States that have adopted PSE tracking:


Participating Pharmacies:


Kentucky law enforcement agencies requesting an NPLEx account can do so by contacting Berry Hammermeister at 818-414-6327 or by e-mailing berry.hammermeister@ky.gov


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Last Updated 7/7/2014
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