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DEA Busts KY Drug Ring

For the last three months, agents from the DEA and ATF have been tracking a marijuana and cocaine trafficking ring operating out of Louisville. The arrests finally came with the raid of a warehouse and other locations with 1,200 pounds of marijuana and more than $700,000 in cash were seized.

Arrested were four men with one still on the loose. The ring is thought to be connected to a Mexican drug cartel and moved drugs from Arizona and Indiana for distribution throughout Kentucky. The charges are possession with intent to distribute, federal charges that could mean up to 40 years in prison.

This comes just a week after Toree Sims, of Louisville received 30 years in prison in a case that was said to cripple the drug distribution network in the city. Apparently, in the two years since the arrest of this notorious member of the “Black Mafia,” the dealers have moved back in. The latest group arrested is said to have been operating in Louisville since 2009.

And so it goes. One trafficker gets decades behind bars and another crew is arrested. Rinse, repeat. At times it seems like some bizarre sporting event that pits users against police. The only thing that may be different is the way the feds are catching more networks instead of just individuals. That would be a change for the better – more dealers out of the way and less jail for street level users. Arguably, the addicts are victims here as well, while the dealers are only addicted to money.

Yet again we have a hold in the supply chain for Kentucky. Interestingly, a few years ago, marijuana was the number one cash crop in our state – we exported instead of importing. At least that was the rumor.


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