Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Awards from Operation Unite

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 25, 2008  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that he was named a “Soaring Eagle” and the Office of the Attorney General received the “Most Valuable Agency” award from Operation Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education (UNITE).

“I am honored to accept these awards on behalf of our investigators and prosecutors who work each and every day to keep drugs out of our communities and to help keep Kentucky families safe,” General Conway said. “I appreciate the recognition from UNITE and Congressman Hal Rogers. In a time of limited resources, it’s more important than ever before that we work together to maximize our efforts to fight illegal drugs.”

In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative, empowering citizen groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE seeks to keep people from using drugs; coordinates drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operates regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs.

“From day one, Jack Conway has shown his commitment to drug enforcement in Eastern Kentucky,” said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for UNITE. “Just three days after being elected, he attended UNITE’s annual Coalition of Excellence awards in Pikeville and has lived up to his pledge to be tough on drug dealers. He immediately placed a detective from his Department of Criminal Investigations in UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force office.”

Jennifer Carpenter, manager of the drug investigations branch of the Department of Criminal Investigations accepted the awards on behalf of General Conway and the Office of the Attorney General.

For more information about Operation UNITE, visit

Jennifer Carpenter of the Department of Criminal Investigations with Congressman Hal Rogers