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Trooper Robert Purdy
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KSP Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana
Drugs Valued at over Three-Quarters of a Million Dollars

Date of News Release: 11/04/2005

KSP Commissioner Mark Miller is joined by Deputy Commissnoer Rick Stiltner, KSP Post 7 Personnel, Garrad County Deputy Sheriff Dave Amon and K-9 Sgt(RICHMOND, KY) - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller announced today the seizure of over 800 pounds of processed marijuana in Jessamine County. The seizure was the largest amount of processed marijuana located in both Jessamine County, as well as the entire Post 7-Richmond area and ranks in the top 10% of marijuana seizures in KSP history. "These drugs have a street value of more than three-quarters of a million dollars and this action takes a significant amount of illegal drugs off the streets and out of our communities," remarked Commissioner Miller.

On Thursday, November 3, 2005, at approximately 11:30 AM (EST), acting upon information received by the Richmond Post and through an investigation, Trooper Mark Young and Sgt. Tackett Wilson conducted a traffic stop on blue 2003 Dodge Pick up truck. The traffic stop occurred on US 27 in the northern part of Garrard County. With the assistance of Garrard County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Amon and his canine Sarge, approximately seven pounds of processed marijuana was located inside the vehicle.

Buddy Messer, 34 years of age, of Jessamine County, was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana over five pounds.

Subsequently, a search warrant was obtained for the accused's property located at 1581 Mt. Lebanon Road, Jessamine County.

During the search, 72 bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 11 pounds each, were discovered inside a horse trailer, located on the property, and seized. The pickup, horse trailer, 32 hundred dollars in cash, as well as assorted drug paraphernalia were also seized.

As a result of the search, Buddy Messer was also charged with a second count of Trafficking in Marijuana over five pounds as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

"I commend all of the troopers and officers of our partner agencies involved in this action for their dedication to making Kentucky a safer place to live for all its citizens," said Commissioner Miller.

The investigation is being led by KSP Det. Dustin Hon. Officers from Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement-East Branch, Garrard County Sheriff's Department, as well as the DEA are assisting as the investigation continues.

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