The group efforts of Kentucky State Police, Bowling Green Police, and the Warren County Drug Task Force were recognized at a press conference detailing their latest accomplishment.
Warren County Commonwealth Attorney, Chris Cohron, says, "Over the last several months the drug task force and Kentucky State Police have been able to break up a large marijuana trafficking ring and theft ring."
In May of 2004 detectives from the Drug Task Force began an investigation suspected marijuana traffickers in Bowling Green-Warren County. One month later a detective posing as a drug dealer was able to purchase five pounds of marijuana from the ring.
In July of 2004 364 pounds of marijuana was discovered at a storage facility at 2717 Pioneer Driver. They also uncovered two stolen vehicles there.
Captain Jeff Mayberry, with Kentucky State Police says, "We got notified by detective Harper there was a possibility there were some stolen vehicles in this drug ring they were working on down here."
In November, 38 pounds of marijuana was discovered at a storage facility on Scottsville Road. After intensive surveillance and investigation the Drug Task Force requested a traffic stop for Jimmy Tucker and Alberto Lomeli.
During the stop and arrest officers and drug task force agents found another four pounds of marijuana. After that arrest, the Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for a house at 746 B Tara Court. Inside they found an additional 240 pounds of marijuana.
Tommy Loving, Director of the Drug Task Force says, "These people were supplying hundreds of pounds of marijuana a week into this community. It was then wholesaled out to the street dealers and sold to adults and children."
Altogether 651 pounds, more than $1 million worth, of marijuana was recovered. And detectives located 22 stolen vehicles valued at half a million dollars.