Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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Trafficking In Marijuana Investigation
Date of News Release: 03/04/2008
(Frankfort, KY) - Over 1200 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly two million-dollar was seized Monday night in Franklin County. Kentucky State Police and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) started a joint investigation in late January 2008. The investigation revealed that a large amount of marijuana was on it way to Lawrenceburg, KY, from Mexico.
The marijuana was delivered by ship to the Port of Charleston in South Carolina packaged inside of 50-pound bags of Barium Sulfate and placed on 15 pallets for transport. ICE agents took possession of the shipment at the port, and started a control delivery. The marijuana was driven from South Carolina to Kentucky in a tractor and trailer. Once the shipment reached Kentucky the Kentucky State Police assisted in making a controlled delivery to Kendall's Quik Lube, located at 1507 Daniel Drive in Lawrenceburg.
On Friday morning, February 29th, Post 12 Detectives and Troopers assisted by Kentucky State Police (SRT), Kentucky State Police Canine, ICE, National Guard and DEA started surveillance.
On Monday morning March 3rd, members of the surveillance team watched the suspects load the Barium Sulfate and marijuana onto a flat bed truck. The suspects then move the pallets from Kendall's Quik Lube to a Franklin County farm located at 6505 Flat Creek Rd, this farm is located in northern Franklin County.
Kentucky State Police (SRT) continued the surveillance of the marijuana while it was being unloaded into a barn. At 9:30 PM on Monday, March 3rd, Law Enforcement moved in and executed a search warrant seizing the marijuana and arresting Randy D. Kendall Sr., age 49 of Frankfort, KY. The seizure and arrest were made with out incident.
Barium Sulfate is used to make plastics and is a radiopaque agent used to diagnose problems with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. There were 320 bundles of marijuana weighting over 1200 pounds located inside the Barium Sulfate bags. The marijuana has a street value of nearly 2 million dollars.
This has been a very successful operation. The 1200 plus pounds of marijuana seized won't reach the street of the Commonthwealth or any other state.
The investigation is ongoing by Kentucky State Police and ICE. Both agencies are working with the US Attorney Office in Lexington. Other arrest and charges are pending.