PADUCAH, KY (12/21/11) – The McCracken County Sheriff's Department Drug Division wrapped up a month long investigation on Wednesday December 21st, 2011 regarding a large Marijuana Trafficking ring. The investigation ended by arrest of four males and one female, all from the Taylorsville, Louisville, and Hodgenville Kentucky area.
For approximately a month, detectives have been investigating a group of individuals from this area that were intending to purchase a large quantity of marijuana. During the investigation, individuals came to Paducah to discuss the amount of marijuana they wished to purchase, the method of transportation, and the amount of money. It was determined that the individuals would be traveling to Paducah on Wednesday December 21, 2011. They intended to purchase approx. 100 pounds of marijuana and transport it back to the Louisville area for distribution. It was learned through the investigation that the individuals also intended to return to Paducah in the near future to purchase more marijuana and other illegal drugs.
On Wednesday afternoon, the individuals arrived in McCracken County. Three individuals and a small child age 4, met with another individual on a parking lot in East McCracken County. After conversing for a period of time, a moving truck joined the individuals at the parking lot. The moving truck was occupied by a female, male, and another small child age 7.
During the meeting at the parking lot, the individuals exchanged money (over $46,000 cash) and then left to go to another location. Once they arrived at another parking lot to take possession of the approx. 100 pounds of Marijuana they had ordered, members of the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force took all of the individuals into custody.
In the ensuing investigation, it was learned that the female had driven the moving van (U-Haul Truck) to Paducah with her boyfriend and child to transport the marijuana back to Louisville. The child in the other vehicle was also the woman's.
Detectives seized over $47,000 in US currency, which is believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. The money was also to be used to purchase the marijuana here in Paducah, KY.
The two children, ages 9 and 4, were placed in the custody of Social Services upon notifying family members from Boone County Kentucky.
Information provided by Jon Hayden
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