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Alleged relationship leads to sex crimes arrest

For as many problems as the Internet has solved in this world, it seems to have created hundreds more. Sure, it is great to be able to do all the Christmas shopping online, or save entire catalogues of music and movies in a cloud-based storage system. But, law enforcement agencies across America have begun to pay close attention to allegations of Internet use for illegal conduct.

For instance, one Kentucky man, a resident of Worthington, has been arrested on sex crimes charges based on his alleged use of the Internet to maintain a relationship with a teenage girl. The girl is 17-years-old and the arrestee is 31-years-old.

Increased focus on driving while intoxicated in Kentucky

Everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is a serious concern throughout the country, and in Kentucky in particular. Steering clear of this type of behavior is just as much about protecting your future as it is about avoiding a criminal conviction. But, we all know that people engage in this dangerous behavior anyway, and now is a good time to inform our Kentucky readers about a new initiative that the Kentucky State Police have joined.

According to a recent report, the KSP will be part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Even though law enforcement agencies throughout the state focus on catching drunk drivers each and every day, during this national campaign there will be a renewed effort to crackdown on anyone who is operating under the influence on Kentucky roadways. The national enforcement campaign is set to run through the Labor Day holiday on September 1.

Learning the basic facts about search and seizure

Unless illegal drugs are in plain view during an interaction between a police officer and a Kentucky citizen, most arrests on drug possession charges are the result of a search. There are innumerable ways a search could begin, but not all searches are conducted legally. When a search is conducted incorrectly, any illegal items that are found in the search could be suppressed -- meaning that the evidence cannot be used in court in pursuit of a conviction.

The fact is, however, that many people simply do not know what constitutes a "search" in legal terms, and therefore they don't know whether or not the search they were subjected to was legal or not. For starters, if police conduct a search with a valid search warrant -- meaning that the search warrant is without any constitutional defects -- then more often than not the search will be legal.

Kentucky woman faces sex crimes allegations

There are a lot of stereotypes in our world, and none more prevalent than those associated with crime. For instance, when it comes to, say, domestic violence, the stereotype is that the perpetrator is always male and the victim is always female. Of course, that is not always the case. The same is true when it comes to sex crimes.

So, when reports surface about a female suspect facing charges related to child sexual abuse, it can be a bit jarring and most times people don't know what to make of it. That confusion, and the stereotypes surrounding the societal view of what is a crime and what is not when it comes to male-female sexual contact, will certainly come into play in one Kentucky case.

Alleged drug dealers arrested in law enforcement operation

It is not uncommon for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to team up when investigating illegal activity that is occurring on a large scale. There are even some operations that are conducted on a nationwide basis. However, for all of the attention these larger law enforcement operations garner in the media, there are still operations that take place at the local level that can have a huge impact, and may leave individuals facing serious criminal charges.

For instance, many of our readers may have heard about a sweep that took place in Jackson County recently. According to reports, law enforcement officials in Jackson County teamed up with the Kentucky State Police to launch a huge one-day operation that resulted in the arrest of 23 people. The majority of the arrestees will reportedly be facing drug charges.

Police operation targets alleged drug distribution ring

Most of our readers know that certain drugs are surging in popularity in Kentucky and other states these days, most notably heroin and crystal meth. As a result, law enforcement officials on the local, state and federal levels are ramping up on large-scale operations intended to crackdown on anyone who is alleged to be involved in operations that manufacture or distribute these drugs.

According to a recent report, one such operation was carried out in Hardin County recently, and eight people were arrested as a result. The reports indicate that the Hardin County Drug Task Force engaged in extensive undercover police work to expose what they have labeled a "major" crystal meth distribution ring. The alleged operation covered several counties in Kentucky, with Jefferson County and Hardin County the main areas of concern.

Kentucky resident facing drug charges after search at his home

Whenever a search warrant is involved in an arrest, the first thing that most criminal defense attorneys do is examine the alleged facts that led to the warrant being issued. The reason this is such an important part of a potential criminal defense strategy is because when an invalid warrant is used as the basis for a search the entire case could get dismissed.

The validity of the search warrant that was used in a recent case could become an issue after reports indicated that it was based on complaints, apparently from community members, about "drug activity" taking place. According to the reports, the search warrant was executed on July 7 by the Laurel County Sheriff's Department at the home of the 54-year-old male suspect. During the search law enforcement officials reportedly seized cash, a firearm and marijuana. The suspect is now facing a range of drug charges, including drug trafficking and drug possession charges.

Man arrested in Lee County could face serious consequences

Credit card theft is a particularly troubling crime for many people. So many Americans depend on these financial tools and the theft of one can make a person experience more than just being the victim of a crime - they can also feel like their precious time is wasted because they have to deal with the credit card companies and make sure that any illegal purchases are wiped from their record.

But, these types of crimes are also difficult to prosecute because there can be a great deal of financial records that need to be analyzed. For a man who was recently arrested in Kentucky on these types of charges, he will be looking at both sides of the coin.

Search warrant required to look through an arrestee's cellphone

Cellphones have become a huge part of life for millions of Americans, especially the newer round of so-called "smartphones." There was a time when these gadgets were bulky devices that simply enabled a user to make a phone call. However, modern smartphones are so much more - most are closer to a handheld computer than a telephone.

As many of our Kentucky readers may have heard by now, the Supreme Court of the United States recently recognized the hugely important role that cellphones, and smartphones in particular, play in the lives of everyday Americans. The Court's recent ruling can be summed up quite simply: in order for law enforcement officials to lawful look through an arrestee's cellphone or smartphone, they must first secure a search warrant.

Police arrest of 13 people on drug charges, other offenses

As our readers have no doubt noticed from previous posts on this blog, the Kentucky State Police persistently and aggressively conduct big police investigations targeting everything from child pornography to illegal drugs. Recently, as the latest example of their zealousness, state authorities wrapped up a three-month operation by arresting 13 people across several counties.

The reports indicate that the undercover operation by the Kentucky State Police was conducted in cooperation with the United States Marshals. Although the details of the undercover investigation probably won't come out until some of the arrestees go before a judge, it is known that several of the arrests were for drug charges.

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