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PPD Drug Unit Wins Law Enforcement Award
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Paducah Police Department's Drug Unit is the first-ever recipient of the U.S. Attorney's Law Enforcement Award.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman presented the award to Captain Matt Smith, Sergeant Shawn Craven, Detective Corey Willenborg, Detective Beau Green, Detective Nathan Jaimet, and Detective Matt Scheer.

The award commendation read as follows, "In recognition of your exceptional service to the citizens of the Western District of Kentucky. Your dedication and professionalism are in keeping with the highest standards of American law enforcement and reflect great credit on you, the Paducah Police Department, and all law enforcement officers who dedicate their lives to keeping the citizens of the Western District of Kentucky safe."

The award follows the drug unit's nearly two month-long investigation into drug trafficking at a Paducah halfway house which ended in eight arrests. Detectives, with the help of Keeton Corrections and the Kentucky Office of Probation and Parole, were able to execute several search warrants. The related searches unveiled additional drugs and weapons, including contraband that created a risk for correctional officers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office noted that several of those arrested were charged at the state and federal level. 

Following that investigation, Ralph Gaines Jr. received a 15-year federal sentence as an armed career criminal, David Jones was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, and DeAnthony Woods entered an open guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky will be giving out additional awards across the region in coming months. 

Published 02:53 PM, Friday Sep. 11, 2020
Updated 11:48 AM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020

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