A multi-agency narcotics investigation in Kentucky has led to the seizure of almost 80 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of four individuals according to a press release from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. A MCSD representative said that the seized drugs would be worth as much as $3.5 million if they were sold on the street. The offenses that the four individuals have been charged with have not been released as the investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are possible.
The drug investigation was launched when detectives identified several individuals who allegedly had ties to a Laurel County narcotic ring responsible for distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine in West Kentucky. While making their inquiries, detectives are said to have learned about a large quantity of drugs that were scheduled to be delivered to a residence on John Puryear Drive in Woodlawn-Oakdale.
The home was then placed under surveillance by officers, deputies and agents from the MCSD, the Kentucky State Police, the Marshal County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This surveillance operation led to the arrest of one individual and the interception and seizure of 2.21 pounds of methamphetamine on Sept. 29. Three more individuals were taken into custody, and another 77 pounds of methamphetamine was seized the following day when officers, deputies and agents executed search warrants at several locations in and around Atlanta.
When representing individuals taken into custody and charged with drug crimes during operations like this one, experienced criminal defense attorneys may scrutinize police reports and search warrant applications closely. This is because searches may be deemed illegal, and the seized drugs might be ruled inadmissible when police obtained search warrants without probable cause or exceeded boundaries laid down by the judges who issued the warrants.