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Feds seize thousands of pounds of pot, cash; five Louisville men charged

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Five Louisville men have been charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms (1,200 pounds) of a mixture of substance containing marijuana.

That's according to a news release from David J. Hale, the Kentucky's U.S. Attorney for the western district.

A complaint filed on October 19, 2011 in United States District Court in Louisville, Kentucky, and later unsealed, states that Donte Pullum, 32, Detrick Houseal, 32, Marcelo Carrillo Jr., 32, Ronald Wells, 26, and Jeffrey Driskell, 27, conspired to transport significant quantities of illegal drugs into Jefferson County with the intent to distribute.

Court records indicate beginning in June 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began an investigation of a criminal drug trafficking organization involving the five defendants. 

Extensive surveillance and investigative techniques led to the request, authorization and execution of four search warrants at two Louisville residences and two storage locations; one in Louisville and one in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. 

Those warrants led to the seizure of approximately 540.5 kilograms (1,200 pounds) of marijuana, nearly $700,000 in U.S. currency, two firearms, ammunition for an assault rifle, an F-250 pick-up truck and trailer hauling a CAT generator shell designed as a hidden compartment which is consistent with a secreted method of transporting illegal drugs.

Donte Pullum made an initial appearance on October 21, 2011, and is scheduled for arraignment November 22, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. before James D. Moyer, U.S. Magistrate Judge and has been remanded to custody of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). 

Ronald Wells made an initial appearance October 21, 2011 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on October 26 at 3:00 p.m. before Dave Whalin, U.S. Magistrate Judge. Wells was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Jeffrey Driskell was remanded to the custody of the USMS and is scheduled for a preliminary and detention hearing on October 26, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Whalin. 

Marcelo Carrillo appeared on October 21, 2011, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on October 26 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Whalin and was remanded to the custody of USMS.

The whereabouts of Detrick Houseal is unknown.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million and four years of supervised release.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Scott Davis and is being investigated by the DEA and the ATF, along with their task force partners, including the Louisville Metro PD, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Kentucky State Police, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, the Indiana State Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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