CROMWELL, KY (WBKO) -- A joint investigation by The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Department, The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, has resulted in the seizure of $15,000.
For the past several weeks, officers have been investigating a suspected drug ring involving Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties. Recently, the above agencies arrested Joseph Lee, and seized approximately $8000.00 in cash and 28 grams of crystal meth in Cromwell.
On 3-27-14 Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Detective Wade Griggs conducted a traffic stop in Greenville. Sheriff David Thompson of Ohio County deployed their K-9 unit Brico around a vehicle driven by Jennifer Abernathy of Forest Park Chicago. Brico indicated that the odor of illegal contraband was inside the vehicle. A search by officers resulted in the seized cash. Both Brico and Manny (K-9, Unit of Muhlenberg County Sheriff Dept.) indicated the money was contaminated.
Officers believe Abernathy is closely related to Joseph Lee.
PNTF Detective Troy Gibson says this investigation is deep-reaching and will continue to move forward. Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson and Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, feel the cooperation among agencies has been a contributing factor in the success of the investigation.
The above agencies were assisted by KSP Trooper Jon McGehee in the traffic stop.