Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Floyd County Indictment for Trafficking Prescription Pills

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced a drug trafficking investigation in Floyd County conducted by his statewide prescription drug task force that resulted in an indictment. 

On April 7, investigators from the Office of the Attorney General and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in the Harold community.  During the search, officers seized approximately 360 prescription pills including; oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and tramadol with an estimated street value of $4,300.   Investigators also seized multiple handguns and more than $7,600 in cash.  The warrants resulted in the indictments of Karen Clifton, 43, of Harold, on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, a Class C felony carrying a penalty of 5-10 years in prison.   James J. Adams, 33, of Prestonsburg, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree.

The defendants were indicted by the Floyd Count grand jury on Tuesday April 14th.  Clifton and Adams are out of jail after posting $1,000 bonds.  Their arraignment is scheduled for May 12 at 9:00 a.m., in Floyd Circuit Court. 

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A charge is merely an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse in KY

Attorney General Conway launched Kentucky’s first and only statewide prescription drug abuse prevention task force in August 2009.  The task force has been involved in more 450 prescription drug diversion investigations, including Operation Flamingo Road, the state’s largest prescription drug bust that resulted in the arrest of more than 500 people.

Attorney General Conway also worked closely with Governor Beshear, House Speaker Stumbo, Senate President Stivers and other lawmakers to win passage of landmark legislation in 2012 to prevent the abuse and diversion of prescription pills in the Commonwealth.  Since passage of HB 1, overdose deaths in Kentucky declined for the first time in a decade and half of the state’s pain management clinics have closed their doors.  In this legislative session, Attorney General Conway helped push for comprehensive legislation to address the resurgence of heroin in Kentucky.  The measure increases penalties for large-scale traffickers and expands treatment.

In January 2014, General Conway announced that more than $32 million recovered in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies is being used throughout Kentucky to expand substance abuse treatment, including opiate addictions.  The settlement funds are being used to create a new treatment center for adults, treatment scholarships, a grant program for new adolescent treatment beds and/or centers, and expanded treatment services for adolescents.

Attorney General Conway has also traveled across the Commonwealth with two brave parents who’ve lost their children to prescription drug overdoses.  The Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative has educated more than 45,000 students about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and heroin.

In addition to the work being done here in the Commonwealth, Attorney General Conway reached across party lines to work with Attorney General Pam Bondi in Florida to ensure that her state implemented an electronic prescription drug monitoring system similar to Kentucky’s KASPER system.  Together they have worked to shut down the pill pipeline between Florida and Kentucky and to see that all 50 states have prescription drug monitoring programs that share data across state lines.

Attorney General Conway is the co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General substance abuse committee.

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