KY Sheriff's drug snitch post pulls in credible tips

KY Sheriff's drug snitch post pulls in credible tips
Published: Aug. 5, 2015 at 2:55 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2015 at 2:55 AM EDT
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The ad posted by the Franklin County Police Department (Source: Facebook)
The ad posted by the Franklin County Police Department (Source: Facebook)
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton (Source: WAVE 3 News)

FRANKLIN, KY (WAVE) - Ever since the International interest in the Pappy Van Winkle heist, the Franklin County Sheriff's office has gotten a lot of eyeballs on its facebook page - which is helping its latest post get some major attention.

Sheriff Pat Melton said he got the idea from a Georgia sheriff. The post asks drug dealers to turn in their competition.

Melton said as silly as it sounds, in 24 hours, the response has been off the charts and they have gotten 10 credible tips.

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"We've got over 100,000 people engaged," Melton said.

His phone would not stop ringing Tuesday afternoon while WAVE 3 News were there.

"Oh, it's nuts," he said of the response to the ad.

He read the number of likes as 2,533 and 2,119 shares at the time. The callers wanted more information about the ad the department posted encouraging drug dealers to basically snitch their way to success.

The Ad reads: Attention drug dealers, is your drug dealing competition costing you money? We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition, report them.

Melton said he got the idea from the McIntosh County Georgia Sheriff who put the post in the local newspaper there. He said what started as a light-hearted take on crime really took off.

"At the end of the day, it was a grand slam,"  he said.

Not only has it reached more than 100,000 people, detectives said the 10 tips they have gotten are very good.

Melton said, "People are tired of the drugs and the thugs, they're just tired of it. If you've got a loved one that's affected by heroin, crystal meth or cocaine, what a great way to eliminate their supplier."

One alleged drug dealer saw the post, called the number and reported another dealer in West Virginia. The Franklin County Sheriff called sheriffs there. It's the latest addition to the pro-active stance the small department takes on social media.

The office consistently puts out the area's Most Wanted, as well as surveillance photos and videos and it's getting results.

The Sheriff said a recent post of a hotel desk video showing a man jumping the counter and stealing cash landed the thief in Louisville Metro Department of Corrections for multiple crimes in multiple counties.

"The citizens have to know you're going to act," Melton said, "and when they give you information that you're going to do something with it."

The borrowed drug ad has already been borrowed again. The sheriff got a call while WAVE 3 News were there that the Martin County Kentucky Sheriff's office plans to use it too.
      
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