Conway fields questions on immigration, the 'pill pipeline' and busting a British sailor

01/28/2011 01:17 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway said he has “concerns” about a proposal passed by the Kentucky state Senate aimed at giving law enforcement agents more ways to crack down on illegal immigrants.

“If Kentucky is going to jump out and do this, my concern is that it needs to be handled on a federal level,” Conway said. He said a “patchwork” system would be counterproductive.

The legislation that now moves to the state House would allow Kentucky law enforcement agents to ask individuals for their citizenship papers and arrest those found to be in the country illegally.

Conway, in the interview, offers some suggestions of what a state like Kentucky can do on immigration.

Conway, a Democrat running for re-election, also said he will push other attorneys general across the country to urge their states to create prescription drug databases, similar to Kentucky’s KASPER system that tracks prescription purchases.

A flood of prescription pills has been flowing from Florida up I-75 through Kentucky, where the pills are sold illegally.

And Conway explained how his office last month ensnared in a cybercrimes investigation a sailor with the British Royal Navy stationed on an oil rig in the Persian Gulf.

- Ryan Alessi


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