In what authorities believe might be one of the largest single site drug
busts in the state, police Wednesday seized more than 1,000 pounds of
marijuana, 6 kilograms of cocaine, guns, vehicles and a "huge amount of
cash" from a home near New Haven in Nelson County.

The estimated street value of the pot is more than $2 million, and the
cocaine is worth about $150,000, Kentucky State Police spokesman Steve
Pavey said. Officers from the Elizabethtown post assisted in the bust.

Several arrests were reportedly made, but the names of those individuals
and the exact location of the bust were not released Wednesday pending
further arrests.

Authorities raided the residence after receiving several search warrants
following an investigation, Pavey said.

The sheer amount of narcotics siezed was staggering, even to some seasoned
undercover officers.

"This is the most dope I have ever seen in one place at one time," said an
undercover KSP detective. "I guarantee you the price of pot just went up
around here."

The dealers had packaged the marijuana into "bricks" weighing several
pounds each. The bricks were then wrapped in duct tape, covered in axle
grease and wrapped in plastic to conceal the odor.

The marijuana is being temporarily stored at the post.

The KSP, Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
and the Nelson County Sheriff's Department were among the agencies on the
scene of the midday raid.

Federal authorities took possession of the cocaine, and information about
how it was packaged and in what amounts were unavailable at press time.

Authorities were still in the process of logging all the evidence late
Wednesday.

Among the several vehicles reportedly seized were a new Toyota pickup, ATVs
and a mint condition 1956 Chevrolet.


Pubdate: Thu, 03 Apr 2003
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