Harlan County, Kentucky, is no stranger to violence. Its long mining history means it's seen its fair share of corruption, moon-shining, and murder. The coal mining wars may be over, but with a depressed economy, including the closure of many mines, the County is facing a new crime wave: a growing prescription drug problem.
Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird is determined to get the drug problem under control, and he's spent the last six years building a team of skilled deputies to help him do it. These men chose policing, but many of the people they know have chosen the wrong side of the law. Each has arrested someone they know—sometimes even kin. Sheriff Marvin and his deputies survive shoot-outs, arrest drug dealers, and bring down corrupt city officials in an effort to reduce crime in their beloved Harlan County. (Source: National Geographic Channel)
An armed and dangerous drug dealer is on the loose in Harlan County, and Sheriff Lipfird is determined to catch him. Sheriff Lipfird and his deputies conduct a thorough search, but the drug dealer is nowhere to be found. Then, on a holiday weekend, Lt. Miron and Deputy Mitch patrol a desolate, rural area on the outskirts of Harlan County, where they investigate a small building riddled with bullet holes.