Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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TFC Aaron W. Brown receives prestigious award from W. Va. U.S. Attorney
Date of News Release: 10/15/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- The U.S. Attorney of Southern West Virginia, R. Booth Goodwin II, presented TFC Aaron W. Brown, with an Award for Public Service from the U.S. Department of Justice. TFC Brown received the award for his assistance with a drug investigation known as "Operation Up in Smoke" that involved a Mexican Drug Cartel that was responsible for dealing millions of dollars of marijuana in the West Virginia area. TFC Brown conducted a traffic stop on I-64 in Montgomery County. U.S. Attorney Goodwin said "The traffic stop you conducted was an important part of the investigation and helped to lead to charges being filed against the individual you stopped."
The award was given to him during the 2011 Law Enforcement & Victim Assistance Awards ceremony held on October 6th 2011 in Huntington W.V. TFC Brown along with Agents from the DEA, Huntington Police Department, Indiana State Police and several other Task Force Officers.
Major Lynn Cross, Post 8 Commander Captain Bobby Murray and Lt. Sean Welch attended the ceremony with TFC Brown. Captain Murray said "It is through multi-agency efforts like Operation Up in Smoke that quality investigations lead to successful prosecutions. These prosecutions reinforce the dedication to duty that an officer shows during the long hours invested in their work." TFC Brown is an 11 year veteran at Post 8 Morehead.