Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Detectives Receive 'Officer of the Year' Honors
Date of News Release: 07/23/2013
(FRANKFORT, KY.) -- The Kentucky Narcotics Officers' Association (KNOA) presented Kentucky State Police (KSP) detectives Kevin Willoughby and Hector Alcala with the Narcotics Officer of the Year Award in Louisville, Ky. on July 17, 2013. Investigator Lynne Thompson of the Attorney General's (AG) office also received this award. The three officers were honored for their work investigating pill mill owner Earnest Singleton. Singleton faces up to 20 years in prison following his conviction last month in U.S. District Court for illegally dispensing prescription drugs to thousands of patients.
KSP and the AG's Department of Criminal Investigations initiated an investigation of Singleton in June 2011, with a focus on Singleton's Central Kentucky Pain Management and Grant County Wellness pain clinics. Throughout the investigation, Willoughby and Alcala worked closely with Investigator Thompson. Their investigation revealed that physicians at Singleton's pain clinics in Georgetown and Dry Ridge prescribed more than four million dosage units of Oxycodone over the course of a year-and-a-half, often with little or no examination and no legitimate medical purpose.
Captain Eric Walker, Commander of the Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch, said Willoughby and Alcala represent the KSP commitment to combating drug trafficking at all levels. "This investigation is a text book example of what can be accomplished when the resources of KSP and its partners work together with the common goal of saving lives impacted by drug trafficking and addiction," said Walker.
Walker contributed the success to all partnering agencies involved including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Kentucky Attorney General's office, Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, and the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system.
More than two years of dedicated investigations and thorough trial preparation resulted in Singleton being convicted on 21 counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy charges. Singleton was the owner of Central Kentucky Bariatric Pain Management, located in Georgetown, and Grant County Wellness Center, located in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Collectively these "Pill Mills" were responsible for dispensing over 3.4 million narcotics to approximately 4,700 individuals in an illicit cash- for- pills operation. His sentencing is scheduled for October 10, 2013.