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Hardin County man charged with trafficking medical marijuana

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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hardin County man faces drug charges after nearly three pounds of potent medical marijuana was confiscated from his Radcliff home.

Authorities say it was all part of a drug ring that involved shipping cash through the postal service and shipping in drugs from states like Colorado and California -- where medical marijuana is legal.

Henry Lee Butler Jr. faces charges of trafficking marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police seized 2.8 pounds of marijuana, a handgun and roughly $6,000 in cash from his Radcliff home late last month.

Ron Eckart, director of the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force, says his officers have seen an increase in higher quality marijuana recently. Eckart says the bust at Butler's home was their first involving medical marijuana. Eckart says it's twice as expensive and packs a longer-lasting high with names like "Tangerine Kush" or "Golden Goat."

"We may run across marijuana being shipped from UPS, FedEx or the postal service," Eckart said. "As far as this high-end, high-grade marijuana, it's just recently that we've been running into it," Eckart said.

"It seemed that there were some parcels coming from Colorado, others from California," Eckert said, referring to what officers found in Butler's home.

Authorities say Henry Lee Butler Jr. was having the parcels of drugs shipped to him and then sending out more cash.

"During our search of the home we found a receipt, a letter from the postal service where they had intercepted $14,000," Eckart said.

Eckart said that money was destined for California. A WDRB News reporter stopped by Butler's house, but no one answered the door. 

Neighbors seemed surprised to learn of Butler's arrest.

"That's a little disturbing because there's a lot of children in the neighborhood. There's a lot of people that just go to work and come home. That type of deal -- you never know," said Samantha Sturgeon.

This case involved the USPS, but Eckart says he knew the drugs came from out of state because of one distinction. "The price was definitely twice what we were used to seeing. And the quality -- from looking at it you could tell it was a very manicured marijuana buds."

The investigation into where the cash was headed is ongoing, but Eckart said the investigation culminated through a partnership with the Radcliff and Louisville Metro Police Departments.

Butler was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, but that was postponed. He's being held on a $75,000 cash bond.

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