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McCracken County Drug Arrest

Date of News Release: 10/08/2011

(Hickory, Ky.) -- Four area law enforcement agencies collaborated on Saturday, October 8, 2011, to complete an investigation into the trafficking of cocaine in the Paducah area. The Kentucky State Police, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, and McCracken County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the nearly two month long investigation.

The investigation revealed that Martin Acosta, of Chicago, Illinois, was transporting large amounts of cocaine across at least three different states.

On October 8, 2011, Acosta was delivering a large quantity of cocaine to Paducah, KY. Detectives from these agencies conducted surveillance on Acosta and a female that was with him at the time. They observed Acosta initializing the drug transaction and took him into custody without incident. The female that was in his vehicle, Llasmin Lopez, attempted to flee the area while holding her infant child. She was stopped and arrested by detectives.

Over ten ounces of cocaine, with a street value over $10,000, was located in the vehicle with Acosta when he was taken into custody.

The investigation showed that both Acosta and Lopez are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Acosta and Lopez were both lodged in the McCracken County Jail. Acosta was lodged under a Federal detainer.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Jessup of the Kentucky State Police and more charges are expected.


  • Martin Acosta, Chicago, IL
    Held by a federal detainer
  • Llasmin Lopez, Chicago, IL
    Conspiracy to Traffic Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (A class "D" felony, punishable by 1 - 5 years), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree 1st Offense, and Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree.

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