Interstate drug bust nets 8 suspects, $700K worth of meth

Many transactions involving illegal drugs cross state lines, with the seller of the drugs travelling to the place where the transaction is intended to occur. For this reason, law enforcement agencies from various states and the federal government often cooperate in the investigation of these operations. A joint operation involving agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri recently announced that it had arrested 8 suspects and recovered $700,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The investigation was opened in September by Kentucky law enforcement agencies and the DEA. The investigators identified people in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and California who were involved in the suspected distribution of crystal meth and marijuana.

On September 20, four people were arrested in Kentucky. Then, on Oct. 12, agents executed a search warrant on a house in Cairo, Illinois. They seized 10 pounds of crystal meth, 5 pounds of marijuana, heroin, ammunition and $7,000 in cash. An Illinois man was arrested shortly after the raid in Cairo. According to police, he was suspected of being the source of supply for the methamphetamine.

Subsequently, on Oct. 14, two suspects were arrested in McCracken County, Kentucky. And, on Oct. 15, another suspect was arrested in Barlow Kentucky. The suspects have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and other drug crimes.

No details of the arrests have been released, but each of the suspects faces serious state and federal drug charges. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and law that will determine the outcome of the case. A knowledgeable lawyer can also suggest potential defense strategies and, if appropriate, assist in the negotiation of a favorable plea agreement.